Cheque bounce is a criminal offence in India and is a punishable offence under Sec 138 Negotiable Instrument Act.
You are advised to put the cheque in your qccount for the clearance as the liablility attached to the cheque is carring on with you since you have given the advance cash to him. many of the criminal cases on the basis of the complaint of NRI's or foreign residents are currently gong on in India. so dont worry for the same. Only you have to issue a notice for payment to him with in one month of the cheque bounce. However in case you can not trace him in India to serve a notice you can get it published in the news paper for the same and side by side can also make a police compliant against him.Police will tarce him out through the bank account address or through its local leads, for which you do not have to worry. Even with the help of Court you can get a proclamation order against him.
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