Parliament passes Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill

December 11, 2015 05:23 pm | Updated 05:23 pm IST - New Delhi

A Bill providing for filing of cheque bounce cases at the place where a cheque is presented for clearance and not the place of issue, was approved by Parliament on Friday, with the Lok Sabha passing it without debate.

The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, which was earlier passed by the House, was returned by the Rajya Sabha this week after making some changes.

The Bill seeks to replace an ordinance, which was repromulgated earlier.

The amendments in the Negotiable Instruments Act will have implications for over 18 lakh cheque bounce cases pending in various courts.

The amendment, which enables filing of cheque bounce cases in the place where the cheque was presented for clearance or payment and not the place of issue, seeks to overturn a Supreme Court ruling, which said the cases have to be initiated where the cheque-issuing branch was located.

The amendment provides that cases of bouncing of cheques can be filed only in a court in whose jurisdiction the bank branch of the payee (person who receives the cheque) lies.

If a complaint against a person issuing a cheque has been filed in the court with the appropriate jurisdiction, then all subsequent complaints against that person will be filed in the same court, irrespective of the relevant jurisdiction area.

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