Sale of an immovable property can only be made by Registered instruments

The Supreme Court in the matter of The Greater Bombay Co-operative Bank Limited vs. Nagraj Ganeshmal Jain decided on 26th July, 2017, being Civil Appeal Nos. 009777-009778 of 2017 has reiterated yet again that immoveable property can be transferred only by a Registered document. There can be no transfer of any right, title or interest in any immoveable property except by way of a registered document. An agreement to sell which is not a registered deed of conveyance would not meet the requirements of Section 54 and 55 of the Transfer of Property Act. With respect to Section 53A of the Transfer of Property Act, it is well settled that the same can only be used as a defence in proceedings initiated by the transferor or by any person claiming under him.