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Dishonor of Cheque


What constitutes an offence

Such cheque should have been presented to the bank within a period of six months of the date of on which it is drawn or within the period of its validity, which ever is earlier; and

The payee or holder in due course of such cheque should have made a demand for the payment of the said amount of money by giving a notice, in writing, to the drawer of the cheque within thirty days of the receipt of the information by him from the bank regarding the return of the cheque unpaid; and

The drawer of such cheque should have failed to make the payment of the said amount of money to the payee or the holder in due course of the cheque within fifteen days of receipt of the said notice.

The cheque in question should have been issued in discharge of whole or part of a debt or liability otherwise the maker of the cheque is not liable for prosecution. For example if the cheque is given as a gift or present and if the bank dishonors it the maker of the cheque is not liable for prosecution.



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