I do not know whether you are seeking opinion on a shut case.
As per NIAct, there is no such prescripttion that cheque book should be issued on that day or year.
First go through the definition of Cheque in NIA and as the cheque fulfils all the norms stipulated in Act, no one can question on the form of validity of the cheque.
However, there may be different procedures for encashment of cheque, and the one with MICR etc have more speedy collection, and a normal cheque has to be presented in normal presentation directly by collecting banker (your banker) to the paying banker. So far according to my knowledge, no banker has refused payment of any cheque that is received by him stating that the cheque is not in prescribed form, and atleast in no banking books or laws such reason was stated for return of the instrument stating such reason for refusal.
Contact your Bank and ask them to present as Collection instrument direct to Bank by post. As a holder in due course, you are entitled to sue the other bank if the cheque is returned with such flimsy reasons that never mentioned in NI Act.