SC asks HCs, States/UTs to submit responses on expeditious trial of Cheque Bounce within 4 Weeks

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In connection with its suo motu case on the expeditious trial of cheque bounce, Apex Court on Tuesday asked various state HC’s & states/Union Territories to register their responses within 4 weeks.

A 3-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by CJI S A Bobde was hearing its suo motu case on the expeditious trial of cheque bounce cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.

“In these circumstances, having regard to the importance of the matter for the administration of justice of various States, we are of the view that High Courts through their registrar general & States/UT through their Director General of Police (DGP) shall submit a response within four weeks,” CJI Bobde said, in its interim order today.

The CJI said the Supreme Court had in its last hearing asked various State HC’s to take this matter seriously.

Out of 25 HC’s, 14 have submitted their respective reports, eleven HCs have submitted the draft scheme, in connection with speedy disposal & trial of cheque bounce cases.

The Court noted that “By an order of October 27, 2020, the DGs of police were directed to file their reports before us with regard to summons & other issues, so far, only 7 DGs of various states had filed their responses”.

“This court took note of the preliminary reports, filed by various state HCs & others,” it stated further.

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