The answer to your query is only partially in affirmative. A certified copy of a registered sale deed procured from Registrar’s office is as good as original for legal proceedings before court of law. The judgment of Hon’ble Allahabad High Court in Kiran Singh vs. Balbir Singh [1993 AWC 138] is an authority for the proposition that certified copy of a registered sale deed is admissible in evidence in terms of Section 74, 75, 76 & 77 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872
Section 74 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 defines the public document and its sub section (2) provides that a public record kept in any state of private documents is also a public document. The record of the sale deed registered before the Registrar is itself a public record where in the record of the private documents is kept by the State and the State authority. Section 77 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 says that certified copies of the public documents may be produced in proof of the contents of the public documents or parts of the public documents of which they purport to be copies. So, for the purposes of legal proceedings, a certified copy of sale deed is admissible in evidence.
However, absence of the sale deed would definitely act as hindrance in selling your property in the first place. Because any genuine buyer may assume that you have created any kind of encumbrance on the property and that’s why you are hiding the sale deed or you may have created an equitable mortgage on the property by depositing original title deeds, due to which you don’t have the sale deed. Nobody would want a property which may in future open the flood gate to litigations by different people claiming better title to the property.
So, what you can do, in this situation?
Well, you may lodge an FIR regarding missing original sale deed (on an immediate basis) as the same is liable to be misused and you can face legal trouble. Thereafter, issue a public notice regarding loss of documents ads in two leading newspapers, preferably in an English language and a vernacular one (as per your domicile state), stating the loss of document. Please keep a copy of the complaint as well as the press clippings with you as proof of loss. This will establish your bonafide act and you may be able to sell your property further.
Hope this satisfies all your queries! All the best !