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Tarveen (Self Employed)     27 May 2013

Amendment in law relating to dishonour of cheques

Can anybody provide me with the recent amendments in the law relating to dishonour of cheques as the validity of cheques have now been changed to 3 months from the erstwhile 6 months prescribed period?


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N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     27 May 2013

Cheques, Drafts Validity Reduced from 6 months to 3 months from 1st April 2012 onwards by RBI Notification dated 1st April 2012
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Rama chary Rachakonda (Secunderabad/Telangana state Highcourt practice watsapp no.9989324294 )     27 May 2013

• Cheque should be presented to the bank for encashment within its validity period. 
• Within fifteen days from the receipt of return memo indicating reason of dishonour, a notice should be sent demanding the amount of dishonoured cheque. 
• If the drawer does not pay the amount of dishonoured cheque within the grace period, a complaint thereafter should be filed within one month in the relevant court having jurisdiction.

Limitation for filing complaint limit defined as from a particular day . 

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Ajit Singh Cheema (practising Advocate)     27 May 2013

As per RBI guidelines, with effect from April 1, 2012, the validity period of Cheques, Demand Drafts, Pay Orders and Banker's Cheques will be reduced from 6 months to 3 months, from the date of issue of the instrument.


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Tarveen (Self Employed)     28 May 2013

Thanks everyone but I want to know whether the said changes have technically any bearing on the law of dishonour of cheques as  per you no amendment has been made qua the validity of cheques in the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

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