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Woman jailed

Cuttack, Dec. 24: The court of first-class judicial magistrate, Cuttack, has sentenced a woman in her mid-fifties to six months’ imprisonment for issuing a cheque without intending to pay the amount.

Narayani Dash was convicted under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act after a cheque issued by her bounced.

The magistrate Minakshi Das further directed her to pay a compensation of Rs 6,000 within three months (under Section 357(3) of CrPC) to the Urban Cooperative Bank, Cuttack.

“The offence is of economic nature. The legislative intention is to protect the ‘cheque’ as a negotiable instrument and protect it. The purpose of the punishment is to teach the offender a lesson,” said Das.

Das further expressed disinclination to release the convict on probation. She said: “Extending beneficial provision under the probation of Offenders’ Act will encourage more such activities that go against the spirit of development.”

Narayani Dash, in 2006, had presented a post-dated cheque (Rs 4,400) as an EMI to the main branch of the Urban Cooperative Bank in Cuttack. When that cheque bounced, the bank had asked the woman to pay the cheque amount in 15 days which she failed to do.

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