Devram Aka Maheshkumar Ravjibhai … vs State Of Gujarat & 9 on 5 October, 2017

R/SCR.A/7352/2017 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD
SPECIAL CRIMINAL APPLICATION (HABEAS CORPUS) NO. 7352 of 2017

DEVRAM AKA MAHESHKUMAR RAVJIBHAI SUTHAR
(GAJJAR)….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT 9….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR N S PARMAR, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
MR VISHAL S AWTANI, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
MR RONAK RAVAL, ADDITIONAL PUBLIC PROSECUTOR for the
Respondent(s) No. 1
MR MAHESH POOJARA, ADVOCATE for the Respondent(s) No. 4 – 10

CORAM: HONOURABLE SMT. JUSTICE ABHILASHA KUMARI
and
HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE A.J. SHASTRI
Date : 05/10/2017
ORAL ORDER

(PER : HONOURABLE SMT. JUSTICE ABHILASHA KUMARI)

1. This Habeas Corpus petition under Article 226 of 

the   Constitution   of   India   has  been   preferred  by  the 

petitioner   with   a   prayer   to   direct   respondent   No.3­ 

Officer   In­charge,   Thara   Police   Station,   to   produce 

the corpus of his wife Daxaben who, according to the 

petitioner, has been illegally confined by respondents 

Nos.4 to 9 and is being subjected to cruelty.

2. It is the case of the petitioner that he and the 

corpus   (respondent   No.10   herein)   got   married   on 

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16.04.2012   as   per   Hindu   rites   ad   rituals.   At   that 

point   of   time,   the   petitioner   was   aged   twenty­five 

years and the corpus was aged eighteen years. A copy 

of  the   Marriage   Invitation  Card   as   well   as   coloured 

photographs of the marriage ceremony have been annexed 

along with the petition.

3. It is further averred that as per the custom of 

the community, Daxaben was residing with her parents 

for some time, though she used to regularly visit the 

petitioner’s   house   on   religious   and   cultural 

occasions.   According   to   the   petitioner,   a   dispute 

arose between his elder brother and his wife who is 

the maternal aunt (Masi) of the corpus, as also her 

elder   sister­in­law   (Jethani),   due   to   which 

respondents   Nos.4   to   9   allegedly   threatened   the 

petitioner and his family members and kept the corpus 

in illegal confinement.

4. Respondent   No.6­   maternal   aunt   (Jethani)   of   the 

corpus has filed a complaint in Thara Police Station, 

Banaskantha   on   30.09.2015,   in   this   regard,   under 

Sections 498A, 504, 506(2) and 114 of the Indian Penal 

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Code,   1860   and   Sections   3   and   7   of   the   Dowry 

Prohibition  Act,   1961.   As   wife   of   the   petitioner   is 

still   allegedly   detained   by   respondents   Nos.4   to   9, 

the petitioner has approached this Court by way of the 

present petition.

5. Pursuant to the issuance of Rule on 25.09.2017, 

the corpus is present before the Court in the company 

of   her   father   respondent   No.4   and   uncle   respondent 

No.9.

6. Heard   Mr.Vishal   S.   Awtani,   learned   advocate   for 

the petitioner and Mr.Ronak Raval, learned Additional 

Public   Prosecutor   for   respondents   Nos.1   to   3. 

Mr.Mahesh   Poojara,   learned   advocate,   states   that   he 

has   received   instructions   to   appear   on   behalf   of 

respondents  Nos.4  to  10  and   prays   for   permission   to 

file the Vakalatnama. He may do so in the Registry.

7. Learned   Additional   Public   Prosecutor   has 

submitted   a   statement   dated   26.09.2017   given   by   the 

corpus before the Police authorities, for our perusal. 

It is clear from the said statement that the corpus is 

staying   with   her   parents   of   her   own   free   will.   The 

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Police papers are returned to the learned Additional 

Public Prosecutor.

8. We have spoken to the corpus Daxaben in Chambers. 

She has admitted that she has married the petitioner 

and it was an arranged marriage. She states that on 

the occasions when she visited her matrimonial home, 

she was subjected to taunts due to the dispute between 

the elder brother of the petitioner and his wife, who 

is her aunt. She states that she does not want to stay 

in   the   matrimonial   home   but   wants   to   pursue   her 

studies.   Ever   since   she   came   back   to   her   parents’ 

house, she is pursuing her studies freely. She states 

that she is not confined or kept in illegal custody 

and   is   free   to   go   anywhere   she   pleases.   She   is 

regularly   going   out   and   pursuing   her   studies.   The 

corpus states that she has completed B.Sc., B.Ed., and 

is   now   desirous   of   enrolling   herself   in   the   M.Sc. 

M.Ed. Course.

9. The   corpus   is   aged   about   twenty­two   years   and 

appears to be mature enough to take her own decisions. 

She is very clear that she does not want to go to the 

house of the petitioner. She has informed us that a 

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customary divorce between her and the petitioner has 

taken   place   in   the   presence   of   the   village   elders, 

about two months ago.

10. Be that as it may, the corpus has expressed her 

desire   to   stay   with   her   parents,   therefore, 

considering that she is an adult, we would permit her 

to do as she pleases.

11. As it transpires from the facts and circumstances 

of the case that there has been no illegal confinement 

of the corpus and she is residing with her parents of 

her   own   free   will,   nothing   further   survives   for 

adjudication in the petition. The corpus has left our 

Chambers in the presence of respondents Nos.4 and 9, 

her father and uncle respectively.

12. The petition, therefore, stands rejected. Rule is 

discharged. 

(SMT. ABHILASHA KUMARI, J.)

(A.J. SHASTRI, J.)
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