A local court in Srinagar has convicted a man in a cheque bounce case to one year imprisonment and directed him to pay Rs 8 lakh compensation to the complainant.
Chief judicial magistrate, Srinagar, Aijaz Ahmad Khan pronounced the verdict after hearing the case.
"Appreciating the evidence on record and considering the submissions put forth by both the sides I'm of the considered view that the complainant had been able to make out a case in his favour and accordingly the accused Abdul Hamid Bhat of Aadigam, Kokernag stands convicted of the offence under section 138 of the negotiable instrument act," the court said.
The court said that there appears no reason to take a lenient view, as such accused is sentenced to imprisonment of one year with a fine of Rs 8 lakh to be paid to the complainant as compensation as the complainant has to unnecessarily pursue the case and pay litigation charges etc without any fault.
The court said that defence taken by the accused was that he had paid the amount of Rs 6 lakh to complainant.
But the evidence of the accused does not show that he has returned the amount of Rs 6 lakh to the complainant. "The burden of proof was upon the accused who said amount was paid to the complainant. The factual matrix and material on record could not show in any way that the accused has paid the said amount to the complainant."