Dimapur, January 23: Facing flak from individuals and civil society organizations regarding veracity and authenticity of affidavits purportedly sworn before the Chief Judicial Magistrate/Judicial Magistrate 1st Class Dimapur and published in the local newspapers for public dissemination by deponents, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Dimapur, Ajongba Imchen has issued guidelines to streamline the swearing of affidavits before Judicial Magistrate.
In a circular issued today, the CJM said affidavits to be sworn before Magistrate shall be administered in person and duly registered in Court. Henceforth, no affidavit shall be sworn in the absence of the deponent or through representatives.
The CJM advised notaries to desist from using the terms Chief Judicial Magistrate/Judicial Magistrate 1st Class/Magistrate in affidavits sworn before them. He said the use of dual meaning terms such as Magistrate/Notary Public in affidavits sworn before Notary Public shall be discontinued to prevent any confusion in the matter.
“Such misrepresentation of facts and misuse of the Court nomenclature in newspapers and the public domain has been bringing disrepute to the Judicial institution and will invite penalty under relevant provisions of the IPC, 1860 for the offence of personation,” he said.
The CJM also informed the public that it is a criminal offence u/s 191, 193, 195, 199 of IPC, 1860 to make a false affidavit. (Page News Service)