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Sripati Singh v. State of Jharkhand

Penal Code, 1860 – Section 420 Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881Mere dishonourment of the cheque cannot be construed as an act on the part of the accused with a deliberate intention to cheat and the mens rea in that regard cannot be gathered from the point the amount had been received.

Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881there cannot be a hard and fast rule that a cheque which is issued as security can never be presented by the drawee of the cheque.

A cheque issued as security pursuant to a financial transaction cannot be considered as a worthless piece of paper under every circumstance. ‘Security’ in its true sense is the state of being safe and the security given for a loan is something given as a pledge of payment. It is given, deposited or pledged to make certain the fulfilment of an obligation to which the parties to the transaction are bound. If in a transaction, a loan is advanced and the borrower agrees to repay the 19 amount in a specified timeframe and issues a cheque as security to secure such repayment; if the loan amount is not repaid in any other form before the due date or if there is no other understanding or agreement between the parties to defer the payment of amount, the cheque which is issued as security would mature for presentation and the drawee of the cheque would be entitled to present the same. On such presentation, if the same is dishonoured, the consequences contemplated under Section 138 and the other provisions of N.I. Act would flow.

Case Law Reference

  1. M/s Womb Laboratory Pvt. Ltd. v. Vijay Ahuja, Criminal Appeal No.1382 – ­1383 of 2019
  2. Sampelly Satyanarayana Rao v. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd., Criminal Appeal No. 867 of 2016
  3. Indus Airways Pvt. Ltd. v. Magnum Aviation Pvt. Ltd., (2014) 12 SCC 539
  4. Sudhir Kr. Bhalla v. Jagdish Chand, (2008) 7 SCC 137