I was working as a consultant ( not on pay roll ) in a company in delhi and the company was negotiating with a landlord in jullundhur.
The company intended to set up an office for 2 months in feb / march 2010 and if the operations wre successful, they would enter into lease agreement with the landlord .
The landlord was not given any advance and the broker asked me to give a personal cheque dt. april, 2010 which he used to convicne landlord that company will give advance and security deposit in april, 2010 and handed over my cheque to the landlord.
The company decided not to continue from april, 2010 and the landlord insisted on me paying rent for 3 months and banked my cheque without informing me which got returned. he has now filed a case under negotiable instruments act against me .
what is legal remedy available to me - today , on 25th august, 2010 I just recd. a small letter from court asking me to be present on 18th august, 2010 in a court in Jullundhur a date which is already over .
I had no agreement with the landlord and nor was I liable to pay any amount to landlord - he is blackmailing me using my cheque which the broker handed over to him and asking me to pay the money on behalf of the company .
please suggest what can I do .