Desh Bhagat University chancellor jailed for 2 years in cheque bounce case

The court has also fined him Rs 21 lakh, besides ordering him to pay back Rs 21 lakh that he originally owed to the complainant.

punjab Updated: Jan 22, 2018 23:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A Chandigarh court has awarded two-year jail to Zora Singh, the chancellor of Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, in a cheque bounce case. The court has also fined him Rs 21 lakh, besides ordering him to pay back Rs 21 lakh that he originally owed to the complainant.

Mandi Gobindgarh resident Sanjay Singla had filed the complaint. Singla’s counsel claimed that his client had given Rs 21 lakh to Zora to fund setting up of the varsity.

When cheques that the chancellor issued to his other creditors were dishonoured, Singla asked Zora to return the entire amount. Zora’s employee gave Singla a cheque of the requisite amount on September 20, 2016. However, the cheque was dishonoured.

Singla moved court against Zora under sections 138/142 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, with a complaint filed on September 28, 2016. He alleged that Zora had intentionally ‘stopped payment’ on his cheque.

Zora filed an application in court saying he had never signed any such cheque. He asked the court to verify the signatures on the cheque. A lower court rejected his application and a sessions court rejected his appeal against this decision. For not appearing in court, non-bailable warrants were issued against Zora on April 25, 2017. Later, he got bail.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 23:25 IST