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Section 138 NI Act: Supreme Court accepts Amicus suggestions on special courts to hear cheque bounce cases

The note submitted by the amicus had suggested that retired judicial officers be appointed to helm these Special NI Courts. This scheme, it was advised, could be tested on a pilot basis in five judicial districts with the highest pendency in the five states with the highest pendency of Section 138 cases – namely, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

The viability of utilising services of retired judicial officers can be examined based on the results of the pilot study, the apex court was informed.

Taking this suggestion on board, the Bench today directed the Registrar General of the Supreme Court to communicate its order to the High Courts in the five states/union territories. These High Courts are required to submit affidavit in response to the proposed pilot scheme.

Source: Barandbench

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