Section 134: Law governing liability of maker, acceptor or indorser of foreign instrument

The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881

Chapter- XVI Of International Law

Section 134: Law governing liability of maker, acceptor or indorser of foreign instrument.

134. In the absence of a contract to the contrary, the liability of the maker or drawer of a foreign promissory note, bill of exchange or cheque is regulated in all essential matters by the law of the place where he made the instrument, and the respective liabilities of the acceptor and indorser by the law of the place where the instrument is made payable.

Illustration

A bill of exchange was drawn by A in California, where the rate of interest is 25 per cent., and accepted by B, payable in Washington, where the rate of interest is 6 per cent. The bill is erdorsed in 1[India], and is dishonoured. An action on the bill is brought against B in 1[India]. He is liable to pay interest at the rate of 6 per cent. only; but if A is charged as drawer, A is liable to pay interest at the rate of 25 per cent.


Reference

1. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and the Schedule for “the States”.

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