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Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
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Section 138, 139

Dishonour of 7 cheques– The matters relating to 7 cheques issued by the appellant in favour of respondent No. 2 for a sum of Rs. 3 lakhs each are being considered together; and the appellant is being penalised with double the amount of cheques in each case i.e., in all a sum of Rs. 42,00,000/-, in our view, the appellant deserves to be extended another chance to mend himself by making payment of fine, in case of default in payment of the amount of fine, he would undergo simple imprisonment for a period of one year.
The sentence is modified in the manner that in each of these 7 cases, the accused-appellant shall pay fine to the extent of double the amount of each cheque (i.e., a sum of Rs. 6 lakhs in each case) within 2 months from today with the stipulation that in case of default in payment of fine, the accused-appellant shall undergo simple imprisonment for a period of one year. On recovery of the amount of fine, the complainant-respondent No. 2 shall be compensated to the tune of Rs. 5.5 lakhs in each case. In the event of imprisonment for default in payment of fine, the sentences in all the 7 cases shall run concurrently. …Rohitbhai Jivanlal Patel =VS= State of Gujarat, (Criminal), 2020 (1) [8 LM (SC) 15] ....View Full Judgment