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Case on Bounced Cheque

Only joint district judges to hold hearing: HC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:14, Oct 19,2020

 
 

The High Court on Sunday in a verdict ruled that only the courts of joint district and sessions judges would hear and dispose of cases over bounced cheques.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman also directed the HC registrar to convey the directive to all district and metropolitan sessions judge courts.

The judgement was delivered after the hearing of separate writ petitions filed by Ziaur Rahman from Chapainabganj challenging the legality of joint district and sessions judge court’s proceedings in three cases against him over bounced cheques.

The HC asked the courts of additional district and sessions judges to transfer all the cases over bounced cheques to courts of joint district and sessions judges within 15 days after getting the orders from the registrar.

The High Court said that appeals could be filed with the courts of the district and sessions judges against the orders and judgements issued by courts of the joint district and sessions judges.

At present both the courts of additional district and sessions judges and the joint district and sessions judges are empowered by the district and sessions judges to hear and dispose of cases over bounced cheques.

Litigants earlier needed to appeal to the district and sessions judges against the joint district and sessions judge’s decision and to the High Court against the additional district and sessions judge’s rulings.

The High Court’s Sunday judgement prohibited the practices of filing appeals to the High Court in the cases over bounced cheques.

Humaun Kabir Pallob appeared for the petitioner.

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