A Delhi court has sentenced a jeweller to one year in jail in a cheque bounce case, saying convicts in such cases cannot be shown mercy as the offence is on "rise in the society".
The court also directed 57-year-old jeweller to pay a compensation of Rs. 2.8 lakh to the man to whom he had issued the cheques worth R1.4 lakh to repay a loan in 2007.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon rejected the convict's plea for leniency and release on probation, saying that deterrent punishment is needed in cheque bounce cases.
"I am not inclined to grant the benefit of Probation of Offenders Act as the cases of dishonour of the cheque are on high rise in the society and the same (leniency) shall not serve as deterrence to others.
"Considering the totality of circumstances and also considering the age of the convict, he is sentenced to simple imprisonment for a period of one year and is further ordered to pay compensation to the complainant for an amount of R2,80,000 under section 357(3) CrPC (regarding compensation)," the magistrate said.