Government May Simplify Registration by Linking Land Records and E-Courts

In an effort to assist bonafide buyers get correct information on whether or not the land they are planning to purchase is under any kind of legal dispute, the government has planned to connect e-courts with the registration database and land records. The government believes that this will mitigate dubious transactions in the long run. In the process, it would aid the containment of disputes and ease up the operation of the court’s system.

In Maharashtra, the pilot project in this regard has been accomplished successfully. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have also successfully launched this mechanism. In the Law Ministry, the Department of Justice has put forward a request to the high court registrar generals for providing permission to the state governments, so that they can integrate the registration database and land records with National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) and the e-courts. This would result in a seamless disposal of property issues.

So far, responses have been recorded from eight high courts, including the ones in Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.

It has been noted that it becomes easy to register property as the process becomes transparent. This integration of database and land records would be conducive to the real estate ecosystem. Property transactions would become faster and hassle-free with this mechanism in place. Proper availability of information regarding the legal condition of any plot or land to the public would ensure transparency. This would be beneficial when a sale deed is being registered. The buyer would get a clear idea regarding whether or not the land is disputed.

The government is planning to deploy the e-courts project across the district and smaller courts across India. The services would significantly benefit the judiciary, lawyers and litigants through a universal computerization of the respective courts under concern.