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3rd June 2015 From India, New Delhi
Or getting a better lawyer.
However, with the condition of the courts as they are, you are unlikely to get immediate relief. In any case, I am sure the customer is going to raise objections saying there is no doubt due and that there is a dispute, etc. the case will go on for a long time.
A settlement with the client is more optimum
3rd June 2015 From India, Mumbai
Everyone knows it takes years to get relief out of section 138 relief but his curiosity was to find alternative quick remedy.
3rd June 2015 From India, New Delhi
Which you seem to like doing :)
If you have a solution, please call the person and offer to do it for him.
It just happens that I deal with law and lawyers extensively and I know that it takes a very long time and a lot of money and efforts to get any real benefit or relief from sec 138 cases. From the original post, it's clear that the poster does not know that. Telling him it will get done quickly, which is not going to happen, is unfair.
Let's talk on this after you have helped him in getting his money back quickly. I will be more than happy to admit I was wrong.
4th June 2015 From India, Mumbai
4th June 2015 From India, New Delhi
I heard lot of things about cheque bounce that, criminal will get non baylable warrent, however it is so difficult to get it done.......
4th June 2015 From India, Delhi
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CRIMINAL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
CRIMINAL APPEAL NO.1364 OF 2014
(arising out of SLP(Crl.) No.7039 of 2007)
Anil Gupta … APPELLANT
Star India Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. … RESPONDENTS
14. Again the same question was considered by three Judge Bench
of this Court in Aneeta Hada v. Godfather Travels and Tours Pvt.
Ltd. (2012) 5 SCC 661. The Court noticed the decisions in Anil
Hada (supra) case and Aneeta Hada (supra) case. The three Judge
Bench while partly overruled the finding of Anil Hada (supra)
affirmed the decision of Aneeta Hada (supra). This Court held
“51. We have already opined that the decision in
Sheoratan Agarwal runs counter to the ratio laid
down in C.V. Parekh which is by a larger Bench and
hence, is a binding precedent. On the aforesaid
ratiocination, the decision in Anil Hada has to be
treated as not laying down the correct law as far
as it states that the Director or any other officer
can be prosecuted without impleadment of the
company. Needless to emphasise, the matter would
stand on a different footing where there is some
legal impediment and the doctrine of lex non cogit
ad impossibilia gets attracted.”
“53. It is to be borne in mind that Section 141 of
the Act is concerned with the offences by the
company. It makes the other persons vicariously
liable for commission of an offence on the part of
the company. As has been stated by us earlier, the
vicarious liability gets attracted when the
condition precedent laid down in Section 141 of the
Act stands satisfied. There can be no dispute that
as the liability is penal in nature, a strict
construction of the provision would be necessitous
and, in a way, the warrant.”
“58. Applying the doctrine of strict construction,
we are of the considered opinion that commission of
offence by the company is an express condition
precedent to attract the vicarious liability of
others. Thus, the words “as well as the company”
appearing in the section make it absolutely
unmistakably clear that when the company can be
prosecuted, then only the persons mentioned in the
other categories could be vicariously liable for
the offence subject to the averments in the
petition and proof thereof. One cannot be oblivious
of the fact that the company is a juristic person
and it has its own respectability. If a finding is
recorded against it, it would create a concavity in
its reputation. There can be situations when the
corporate reputation is affected when a Director is
59. In view of our aforesaid analysis, we arrive at
the irresistible conclusion that for maintaining
the prosecution under Section 141 of the Act,
arraigning of a company as an accused is
imperative. The other categories of offenders can
only be brought in the drag-net on the touchstone
of vicarious liability as the same has been
stipulated in the provision itself. We say so on
the basis of the ratio laid down in C.V. Parekh17
which is a three-Judge Bench decision. Thus, the
view expressed in Sheoratan Agarwal does not
correctly lay down the law and, accordingly, is
hereby overruled. The decision in Anil Hada is
overruled with the qualifier as stated in para 51.
The decision in Modi Distillery has to be treated
to be restricted to its own facts as has been
explained by us hereinabove.”
15. In the present case, the High Court by impugned judgment
dated 13th August, 2007 held that the complaint against respondent
no.2-Company was not maintainable and quashed the summon issued by the Trial Court against respondent no.2-Company. Thereby, the
Company being not a party to the proceedings under Section 138
read with Section 141 of the Act and in view of the fact that part of the judgment referred to by the High Court in Anil Hada (supra)has been overruled by three Judge Bench of this Court in Aneeta Hada (supra), we have no other option but to set aside the rest part of the impugned judgment whereby the High Court held that the proceedings against the appellant can be continued even in absence of the Company. We, accordingly, set aside that part of the impugned judgment dated 13th August, 2007 passed by the High Court so far it relates to appellant and quash the summon and proceeding pursuant to complaint case No.698 of 2001 qua the appellant.
16. The appeal is allowed with aforesaid observation."
It follows that you must seek intervention in liquidation proceedings for recovery of amount due. Better it would be to file summary procedure suit under Order 37 RULE 2 CPC through a civil lawyer and obtain decree and even implead the liquidator as defendant if you come to know about details.
4th June 2015 From India, New Delhi
Lawyers are out to get as much money as possible from you.
The courts are clogged with pendency that stretches the simplest of the cases.
And the police don't care for criminal cases in sec 138 as they have much better (more important) things to do. Sec 138 has reached end of its usable life. But that's another story.
Pursuing a sec 138 case today has little benefits today. It's only scare tactic where the other party does not want to get on the wrong side of a law that can land him in jail. Where the person does not care, or is sure his lawyer will keep him out, and where he is bankrupt, there is little benefit. In this case, you are mostly unlikely to get your money.
The matter then you need to evaluate is the cost benefit analysis. How large is your business, can it sustain a legal battle with little possibility of recovery, does it have deterrent impact on other clients that you are not to be messed with, etc. not something that a member of this forum can help you online. You need to take a call your self or have your business consultant / CA help you with that.
5th June 2015 From India, Mumbai
Whether proceedings take time or not,there is no other option but to approach courts.
So in future clients should be asked to pay as per work progress and not at end of job.
Trusted dealings are becoming difficult at times with such attitudes of people who enjoy from delays in courts.
So this is another risk factor.
5th June 2015 From India, Pune