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Bare acts > Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 > Section 38


38. Prior party a principal in respect of each subsequent party.- As between the parties so liable as sureties, each prior party is, in the absence of a contract to the contrary, also liable thereon as a principal debtor in respect of each subsequent party.


A draws a bill payable to his own order on B, who accepts. A afterwards endorses the bill t C, C to D and D to E. As between E and B, B is the principal debtor, and A, C and Dare his sureties. As between E and A, A is the principal debtor, and C and D are his sureties. As between E and C, C is the principal debtor and D is his surety.





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