Bombay High Court holds that material alterations to a cheque without the prior consent of both parties renders the instrument void

A single bench of the Bombay High Court has in its recent decision inter alia held that a person cannot be held guilty for the offence of dishonour of cheque under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act (“NI Act”) when the negotiable instrument has been altered without satisfying the contingencies for alteration of the instrument under Section 87 of the NI Act.

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