Gurmeet Singh Through Its … vs State Of Punjab & Ors on 29 August, 2017

CRM No.M-11625 of 2017 [1]

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

Criminal Misc. No. M- 11625 of 2017(OM)
Date of Decision: August 29 , 2017.

Gurmeet Singh …… PETITIONER(s)

Versus

State of Punjab and others …… RESPONDENT (s)

CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL

Present: Mr. Navjot Singh, Advocate
for the petitioner.

Mr. Karanbir Singh, AAG, Punjab.

Mr. Ruhani Chadha, Advocate
for the complainant/respondent No.2.
*****

LISA GILL, J.

Prayer in this petition is for quashing of FIR No.0139 dated

22.09.2016 under Section 498A IPC registered at Police Station Balachaur and

all other consequential proceedings arising therefrom on the basis of a

compromise arrived at between the parties.

The abovesaid FIR was registered at the behest of respondent No.2

due to matrimonial discord with her husband i.e., the petitioner. With the

intervention of respectables and relatives, a compromise was arrived at between

the parties, the terms of which were reduced into writing on 09.12.2016

(Annexure P2). The parties wish to live in peace and harmony and put an end to

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the acrimony between them. The petitioner and respondent No.2 have decided to

cohabit with each other.

This Court on 23.05.2017 directed the parties to appear before

learned trial court/Illaqa Magistrate for recording their statements in respect to

the above-mentioned compromise. Liberty was afforded to the petitioner to

appear through his Special Power of Attorney holder, Jagdeep Singh son of

Gurbachan Singh. Learned trial court/Illaqa Magistrate was directed to submit a

report regarding the genuineness of the compromise, as to whether it has been

arrived at out of the free will and volition of the parties without any coercion,

fear or undue influence. Learned trial court/Illaqa Magistrate was also directed

to intimate whether any of the accused are absconding/proclaimed offenders and

whether any other case is pending against them. Information was sought as to

whether all affected persons are a party to the settlement.

Pursuant to order dated 23.05.2017, the parties appeared before the

learned Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Balachaur and their statements were

recorded on 01.06.2017. Respondent No.2 stated that she has amicably resolved

the matter with the accused petitioner. Photocopy of the compromise was placed

before the learned Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate as Ex.C1. Respondent

No.2 identified her signatures on the compromise and stated that the settlement

has been arrived at out of her own free will without any pressure. Statement of

the petitioner in respect to the settlement was recorded through his Special

Power of Attorney holder.

As per report received from the learned Sub Divisional Judicial

Magistrate, Balachaur, it is opined that the compromise between the parties is

genuine and voluntary, arrived at without any kind of pressure. The petitioner is

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not reported to be a proclaimed offender. Statements of the parties are appended

alongwith the said report.

Learned counsel for respondent No.2 reaffirms and verifies the

factum of settlement between the parties. It is informed that respondent No.2 is

presently residing at her matrimonial home alongwith her in-laws and she would

soon be joining her husband in Australia. It is reiterated that respondent No.2

has no objection to the quashing of the abovementioned FIR against the

petitioner in view of the settlement between them.

Learned counsel for the State submits that as the abovesaid FIR

arises out of a matrimonial dispute, the State has no objection to the quashing of

this FIR on the basis of a settlement arrived at between the parties.

In Kulwinder Singh and others versus State of Punjab and

another 2007 (3) R.C.R. (Criminal) 1052, a five member Bench of this Court has

observed as under:-

“The compromise, in a modern society, is the sine qua non of
harmony and orderly behaviour. It is the soul of justice and if the
power under
Section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code is used to
enhance such a compromise which, in turn, enhances the social
amity and reduces friction, then it truly is “finest hour of justice”.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in B.S.Joshi and others v. State of

Haryana, 2003(4) SCC 675 has observed that it becomes the duty of the Court

to encourage genuine settlements of matrimonial disputes.

Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of this case, it would be

in the interest of justice to quash the abovesaid FIR as no useful purpose would

be served by continuance of the present proceedings. It will merely lead to

wastage of precious time of the court and would be an exercise in futility.

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This petition is, thus, allowed and FIR No.0139 dated 22.09.2016

under Section 498A IPC registered at Police Station Balachaur alongwith all

consequential proceedings are, hereby, quashed.

However, liberty is afforded to respondent No.2 to file necessary

application for revival of the proceedings in the above said FIR, in case the terms

and conditions of settlement between the parties are not adhered to by the

petitioner or it is found that the settlement was a mere ruse to have the aforesaid

FIR quashed.

( LISA GILL )
August 29 , 2017. JUDGE
‘om’

Whether speaking/reasoned: Yes/No
Whether reportable: Yes/No

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