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Section 138 - Dishonour of cheque for insufficiency, etc., of funds in the account : Negotiable Instruments Act 1881

 

 

What is Dishonour of cheque for insufficiency, etc., of funds in the account? Dishonour of cheque for insufficiency, etc., of funds in the account are defined under Section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act 1881

Section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act 1881: "Dishonour of cheque for insufficiency, etc., of funds in the account"

Where any cheque drawn by a person on an account maintained by him with a banker for payment of any amount of money to another person from out of that account for the discharge, in whole or in part, of any debt or other liability, is returned by the bank unpaid, either because of the amount of money standing to the credit of that account is insufficient to honour the cheque or that it exceeds the amount arranged to be paid from that account by an agreement made with that bank, such person shall be deemed to have committed an offence and shall, without prejudice to any other provision of this Act, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to twice the amount of the cheque, or with both:

Provided that nothing contained in this section shall apply unless-

(a) the cheque has been presented to the bank within a period of six months from the date on which it is drawn or within the period of its validity, whichever is earlier;

(b) the payee or the holder in due course of the cheque, as the case may be, makes 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 information by him from the bank regarding the return of the cheque as unpaid; and

 

(c) the drawer of such cheque fails to make the payment of the said amount of money to the payee or, as the case may be, to the holder in due course of the cheque, within fifteen days of the receipt of the said notice.

Explanation: For the purposes of this section, "debt or other liability" means a legally enforceable debt or other liability.

 

Negotiable Instruments Act 1881

Section 121 - Estoppel against denying capacity of payee to indorse

Section 122 - Estoppel against denying signature or capacity of prior party

CHAPTER XIV
OF CROSSED CHEQUES

Section 123 - Cheque crossed generally

Section 124 - Cheque crossed specially

 

 

Section 125 - Crossing after issue

Section 126 - Payment of cheque crossed generally

Section 127 - Payment of cheque crossed specially more than once

Section 128 - Payment in due course of crossed cheque

Section 129 - Payment of crossed cheque out of due course

Section 130 - Cheque bearing not negotiable

 

 

Section 131 - Non-liability of banker receiving payment of cheque

Section 131A - Application of Chapter to drafts

CHAPTER XV
OF BILLS IN SETS

Section 132 - Set of bills

Section 133 - Holder of first acquired part entitled to all

CHAPTER XVI
OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

Section 134 - Law governing liability of maker, acceptor or indorser of foreign instrument

Section 135 - Law of place of payment governs dishonour

Section 136 - Instrument made, etc., out of India, but in accordance with the law of India

 

 

Section 137 - Presumption as to Foreign Law

CHAPTER XVII
OF PENALTIES IN CASE OF DISHONOUR OF CERTAIN CHEQUES FOR INSUFFICIENCY OF FUNDS IN THE ACCOUNTS

Section 138 - Dishonour of cheque for insufficiency, etc., of funds in the account

Section 139 - Presumption in favour of holder

Section 140 - Defence which may not be allowed in any prosecution under section 138

Section 141 - Offences by companies

Section 142 - Cognizance of offences

Section 143 - Power of Court to try cases summarily

Section 144 - Mode of service of summons

Section 145 - Evidence on affidavit

Section 146 - Bank's slip prima facie evidence of certain facts

Section 147 - Offences to be compoundable

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