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Section 141 Negotiable Instruments Act 1881: Offences by Companies

Section 141 (Offences by companies) under Chapter XVII (Of Penalties in case of Dishonour of Certain Cheques for Insufficiency of Funds in the Accounts) of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 —

❝(1) If the person committing an offence under section 138 is a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:

 Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any person liable to punishment if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge, or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence:

 Provided further that where a person is nominated as a Director of a company by virtue of his holding any office or employment in the Central Government or State Government or a financial corporation owned or controlled by the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, he shall not be liable for prosecution under this Chapter.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where any offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to, any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this section, —
(a) “company” means anybody corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and
(b) “director”, in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.❞



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Notes:

The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (Act No. 26 of 1881) was amended by:

01. Negotiable Instruments Act, 1885 (Act No. 02 of 1885);
02. Amending Act, 1891 (Act No. 12 of 1891);
03. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1897 (Act No. 06 of 1897);
04. Decentralization Act, 1914 (Act No. 04 of 1914);
05. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1914 (Act No. 05 of 1914);
06. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1919 (Act No. 08 of 1919);
07. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1920 (Act No. 25 of 1920);
08. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1921 (Act No. 12 of 1921);
09. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1922 (Act No. 18 of 1922);
10. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1926 (Act No. 30 of 1926);
11. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1930 (Act No. 25 of 1930);
12. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1934 (Act No. 17 of 1934);
13. Government of India (Adaptation of Indian Laws) Order, 1937;
14. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1947 (Act No. 33 of 1947);
15. Indian Independence (Adaptation of Central Acts and Ordinances) Order, 1948;
16. Adaptation of Laws Order, 1950;
17. Part B States (Laws) Act, 1951 (Act No. 03 of 1951);
18. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1952 (Act No. 53 of 1952);
19. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 1955 (Act No. 37 of 1955);
20. Jammu and Kashmir (Extension of Laws) Act, 1956 (Act No. 62 of 1956);
21. Repealing and Amending Act, 1957 (Act No. 36 of 1957);
22. Banking, Public Financial Institutions and Negotiable Instruments Laws (Amendment) Act, 1988 (Act No. 66 of 1988);
23. The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2002 (Act No. 55 of 2002);
24. The Negotiable instruments (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act No. 26 of 2015);
25. The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 2018 (Act No. 20 of 2018).

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