The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed proceedings to continue against a non-signatory to a dishonoured cheque after noting that the Court could not decide on the contention that such proceedings were not legally valid in a plea to quash the case. [V Samhidha v. KS Senathypathy].A bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan dismissed a plea filed on behalf of a woman who operated a joint bank account with her father, from which a cheque had bounced.Justice Nagarathna explained to counsel for the petitioner that the question of law was kept open, as the said ground could be raised in a plea to quash the proceedings."The point of law is correct. But not [a ground to grant relief] in this case, in a quashing petition", she remarked..The Supreme Court had, in March, issued notice in the matter, which raised a question of whether a non-signatory to a dishonoured cheque can be prosecuted for being a joint account holder.The appeal was filed against an order of the Madras High Court which refused to quash the proceedings against the joint account holders on the ground that the issue ought to be decided in trial..In 2016, a complaint was lodged under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments (NI) Act in connection with a ₹20 lakh loan payment, after a cheque bounced. The bank account in question was jointly held by a mill owner and his daughter. Pertinently, the daughter did not sign the cheque that had bounced and in respect of which the complaint was lodged. .The mill owner and his daughter moved the High Court in 2018 seeking the quashing of proceedings before a Coimbatore Magistrate, and alleging that no loan was involved.The High Court, in January this year, had refused to enter into the merits of the matter, and dismissed the plea.Before the Supreme Court, the daughter, V Samhidha, was represented by advocates B Ragunath and Sriram Parakkat.