Section 2 in The Negotiable Instruments Act 1881
[ Repeal of enactments.] Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1891 (12 of 1891), s. 2 and the Schedule I.
In this Act--
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Banker.2[banker includes any person acting as a banker and any post office savings bank;]
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1. Definition of the word India, which was subs. by Act 3 of 1951, for the definition of the word State, omitted by Act 62 of 1956, s. 2 and the Sch.
2. Subs. by Act 37 of 1955, s. 2, for the definition of the word banker.
3. Omitted by Act 53 of 1952, s. 16 (w.e.f. 14-2-1956).
Title: 'Promissory note''
A "Promissory note" is an instrument in writing (not being a bank-note or a currency-note) containing an unconditional undertaking, signed by the maker, to pay a certain sum of money only to, or to the order of, a certain person, or to the bearer of the instrument.
A Signs instruments in the following terms:
(a ) "I promise to pay B or order Rs. 500."
(b) "I acknowledge myself to be indebted to B in Rs. 1,000, to be paid on demand, for value received."
(c) "Mr. B, I O U Rs. 1,000.
(d) "I promise to Pay B Rs. 500 and all other sums which shall be due to him."
(e) "I promise to Pay B Rs. 500, first deducting thereout any money which he may owe me."
(f) "I promise to Pay B Rs. 500 seven days after my marriage with C."
(g) "I, promise to Pay B Rs. 500 on D's death, provided D leaves me enough to pay that sum."
(h) "I promise to Pay B Rs. 500 and to deliver to him my black horse on 1st January next."
The instruments respectively marked (a) and (b) are promissory notes. The instruments respectively marked (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (h) are not promissory notes.
Title: "Bill of exchange''
A "bill of exchange" is an instrument in writing containing an unconditional order, signed by the maker, directing a certain person to pay a certain sum of money only to, or to the order of, a certain person or to the bearer of the instrument.
A promise or order to pay is not "conditional", within the meaning of this section and section 4, by reason of the time for payment of the amount or any instalment thereof being expressed to be on the lapse of a certain period after the occurrence of a specified event which, according to the ordinary expectation of mankind, is certain to happen, although the time of its happening may be uncertain.
The sum payble may be "certain", within the meaning of this section and section 4, although it includes future interest or is payable at an indicated rate of exchange, or is according to the course of exchange, and although the instrument provides that, on default of payment of an instalment, the balance unpaid shall become due.
The person to whom it is clear that the direction is given or that payment is to be made may be a "certain person", within the meaning of this section and section 4, although he is mis-named or designated by description only
1[A cheque is a bill of exchange drawn on a specified banker and not expressed to be payable otherwise than on demand and it includes the electronic image of a truncated cheque and a cheque in the electronic form.
Explanation I.-- For the purposes of this section, the expressions
2[(a) a cheque in the electronic form means a cheque drawn in electronic form by using any computer resource and signed in a secure system with digital signature (with or without biometrics signature) and asymmetric crypto system or with electronic signature, as the case may be;]
(b) a truncated cheque means a cheque which is truncated during the course of a clearing cycle, either by the clearing house or by the bank whether paying or receiving payment, immediately on generation of an electronic image for transmission, substituting the further physical movement of the cheque in writing.
Explanation II. -- For the purposes of this section, the expression clearing house means the clearing house managed by the Reserve Bank of India or a clearing house recognised as such by the Reserve Bank of India.]
3[Explanation III. -- For the purposes of this section, the expressions asymmetric crypto system, computer resource, digital signature, electronic form and electronic signature shall have the same meanings respectively assigned to them in the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000).]
1. Subs. by Act 55 of 2002, s. 2, for s. 6 (w.e.f. 6-2-2003).
2. Subs. by Act 26 of 2015, s. 2, for clause (a) (w.e.f. 15-6-2015)
3. The Explanation III, ins. by ibid, s. 2 (w.e.f. 15-6-2015).