Expressing concern over huge backlog of cheque bounce cases in various courts, the Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre and all the state governments to a plea for framing guidelines for their speedy disposal.While seeking responses of various governments, a bench of
Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Deepak Misra said it is "very
The court gave the order while hearing a PIL filed by
Indian Bank Association, which sought directions for speedy
trial of cheque bounce cases alleging that there are around
fifty lakh such cases pending in various courts.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the association
submitted that the Delhi High Court had recently framed some guidelines for such cases and it should be implemented across the country. The bench while issuing notice to the Centre and the states asked the association to conduct proper research on the issue.
The petitioner, an association of 174 banks and financial
institutions, submitted that huge sum of money gets blocked due to pendency of such large number of cases.
Considering the alarming situation of the pendency of
cases and the constitutional rights of a litigant for a speedy
and fair trial, it is necessary that the confidence of the
banking industry which is the custodian of public funds in
commercial transactions is not shaken," the petition said.
"Due to huge funds of the bank and in turn of the public
being blocked in such protracted litigations, the banks are
finding it difficult to carry out their banking functions and
as such it is necessary that this court lays down appropriate
and effective guidelines to enable the banks to deal with
dishonour of cheque cases expeditiously," the petition said.