Bailiff Report on Court Summons not a Public Document under Indian Evidence Act, Bombay HC [Read Judgment]

Meera Emmanuel February 5 2019
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Is the report of bailiff on a summons issued by a Court a public document under Section 74 of the Indian Evidence Act ('Act'), 1872? 

Whereas various High Courts have offered diverging views on this question, Justice Manish Pitale of the Bombay High Court recently answered this question in the negative holding that,

"... treating a bailiff report of service of summons .... to be a public document under Section 74 of the [Indian Evidence] 

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