IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD
CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR QUASHING SET ASIDE
FIR/ORDER) NO.21566 of 2017
SURESHBHAI GOTABHAI CHUNARA 1….Applicants
STATE OF GUJARAT 1….Respondents
A S TIMBALIA, ADVOCATE for the Applicants.
MR RAKESH PATEL, APP for the Respondent No.1.
CORAM : HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE A.J.DESAI
Date : 30/08/2017
1. Heard the learned advocates appearing for the
respective parties. Learned advocate Mr. Mahesh Poojara states
that he has instructions to appear for the original complainant –
respondent No.2 as well as father of the deceased. He is directed
to file his appearance forthwith. The complainant as well as father
of deceased state that the matter is settled between the parties.
2. Rule. Learned Additional Public Prosecutor as well as
learned advocate appearing for the Complainant waive service of
Rule on behalf of the respective respondents.
3. Considering the issue involved in the present
application and with consent of the learned advocates appearing
for the respective parties as well as considering the fact that the
dispute amongst the applicants and respondent No.2 has been
resolved amicably, this application is taken up for final disposal
4. By way of this application under Section 482 of the
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Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (hereinafter referred to as “the
Code”), the applicants have prayed for quashing and setting aside
F.I.R. bearing C.R. No. I – 72 of 2017 registered with
Mehmdabad Police Station, Dist. Kheda for the commission of
offence punishable under Sections 498A, 323, 306 and 114 of the
Indian Penal Code as well as quash all other consequential
proceedings arising out of the aforesaid FIR qua the applicants.
5. Learned advocate for the applicants has taken this
Court through the factual matrix arising out of the present
application. At the outset, it is submitted that the parties have
amicably resolved the issue and therefore, any further continuance
of the proceedings pursuant to the impugned FIR as well as any
further proceedings arising therefrom would create hardship to the
applicants. It is submitted that respondent No.2 has filed an
affidavit in these proceedings and has declared that the dispute
between the applicants and respondent No.2 is resolved due to
intervention of trusted persons of the society. It is further
submitted that in view of the fact that the dispute is resolved, the
trial would be futile and any further continuance of the proceedings
would amount to abuse of process of law. It is therefore submitted
that this Court may exercise its inherent powers conferred under
Section 482 of the Code and allow the application as prayed for.
6. Learned Additional Public Prosecutor appearing for the
State has opposed the present application and submitted that
considering the seriousness of the offence, the complaint in
question may not be quashed and the present application may be
7. Learned advocate for respondent No.2 has reiterated
the contentions raised by the learned advocate for the applicants.
The learned advocate for respondent No.2 also relied upon the
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affidavits filed by respondent No.2 – Rameshbhai Natubhai
Chunara dated 30.8.2017 as well as the affidavit of the father of the
deceased – Natubhai Kanjibhai Chunara dated 30.8.2017. They are
present in person before the Court and are identified by learned
advocate Mr. Mahesh Poojara. On inquiry made by the Court, they
have declared before this Court that the dispute between them is
amicably resolved and therefore, now the grievance stands
redressed. It is therefore submitted that the present application
may be allowed.
8. Having heard learned advocates appearing for the
respective parties, considering the facts and circumstances arising
out of the present application as well as taking into consideration
the decisions rendered in the cases of Gian Singh Vs. State of
Punjab Anr., reported in (2012) 10 SCC 303, Madan Mohan
Abbot Vs. State of Punjab, reported in (2008) 4 SCC 582,
Nikhil Merchant Vs. Central Bureau of Investigation Anr.,
reported in 2009 (1) GLH 31, Manoj Sharma Vs. State Ors.,
reported in 2009 (1) GLH 190 and Narinder Singh Ors. Vs.
State of Punjab Anr. reported in 2014 (2) Crime 67 (SC), it
appears that further continuation of criminal proceedings in
relation to the impugned FIR against the applicants would be
unnecessary harassment to the applicants. It appears that the trial
would be futile and further continuance of the proceedings
pursuant to the impugned FIR would amount to abuse of process of
law and hence, to secure the ends of justice, the impugned FIR is
required to be quashed and set aside in exercise of powers
conferred under Section 482 of the Code.
9. Resultantly, this application is allowed and the
impugned FIR bearing C.R. No. I – 72 of 2017 registered with
Mehmdabad Police Station, Dist. Kheda filed against the
present applicants is hereby quashed and set aside qua the
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applicants. Consequently, all other proceedings arising out of the
aforesaid FIR are also quashed and set aside qua the applicants.
Rule is made absolute.
Since the F.I.R. itself is quashed, the Jail authority is
hereby directed to release the applicant No.1 – Sureshbhai
Gotabhai Chunara forthwith.
Direct service is permitted.
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