Execution of Will should be video recorded: Delhi HC
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Last Updated: Friday, October 09, 2009, 21:45
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday suggested the Delhi government make video recording of the entire process of execution of a Will at the time of registration to make the courts' task easier and transparent.

While disposing of a property dispute with the help of nearly three decade-old recorded video of the Will Execution, Justice S Muralidhar said "the making of the video of the execution of the last Will in the present case has made the task of the Court easier in arriving at its conclusion as to its genuineness".

"Although the Information Technology Act IT ACT) was not in operation when the video recording was made of the execution and attestation of the Will....," said the court and directed a probate to be issued in favour of Sayar Kumari who had approached the court through counsel Arun Mohan for the Kashmiri Gate property.

"With the availability of inexpensive gadgets like webcams, portable and desk top computers and connectivity through internet, it should be possible to make a video recording of the entire process of execution of a Will at the time of registration (by focusing on the executor of the Will and the attesting witnesses," the court said.

"It should be possible to have a certified copy of such video recording clip...This will eliminate to a large extent questions of genuineness or the capacity of the testator to make the Will," the court observed.

Justice Muaralidhar suggested that the NCT government, in consultation with the National Informatics Centre, provide the video recording facilities to the Will registration authorities here.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 09, 2009, 21:45

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