Gurnam Singh @ Sunny vs State Of Punjab And Anr on 7 October, 2017

CRM No.M-13451 of 2017 [1]

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

Criminal Misc. No. M- 13451 of 2017(OM)
Date of Decision: October 7 , 2017.

Gurnam Singh @ Sunny …… PETITIONER(s)

Versus

State of Punjab and another …… RESPONDENT (s)

CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL

Present: Ms. Manjari Joshi, Advocate
for the petitioner.

Mr. Rana Harjasdeep Singh, AAG, Punjab.

Ms. Deepika Mittal, Advocate
for the complainant/respondent No.2.
*****

LISA GILL, J.

Prayer in this petition is for quashing of FIR No.51 dated

29.09.2011, under Sections 498A/406 IPC registered at Police Station Women

Cell, Jalandhar 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 instance 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 14.03.2017

(Annexure P2). The petitioner and respondent No.2 decided to part ways.

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It is informed that petition under Section 13B of the Hindu Marriage

Act, 1955 has been filed. Statements of the parties at first motion have been

recorded in the said petition and the said matter is now listed for 21.10.2017 for

recording statements of the parties at second motion. The petitioner, it is

submitted, undertakes to abide by the terms and conditions of the settlement and

to hand over the balance of the settled amount to respondent No.2 in terms of the

agreement dated 14.03.2017.

This Court on 30.05.2017 directed the parties to appear before

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

the above-mentioned compromise. 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 30.05.2017, the parties appeared before the

learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Jalandhar and their statements were

recorded on 01.07.2017. Respondent No.2 stated that the matter was amicably

resolved with the petitioner out of her own free will, without any pressure, threat

or coercion. She has further stated that she has no objection in case the

abovesaid FIR is quashed against the accused petitioner. Statement of the

petitioner in respect to the settlement was recorded as well.

As per report dated 01.07.2017 received from the learned Judicial

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Magistrate First Class, Jalandhar, it is opined that the compromise between the

parties is genuine and voluntary, arrived at without any pressure, coercion or

unde influence from any quarter. The petitioner, who is the sole accused in this

case, is not reported to be a proclaimed offender. Statements of the parties are

appended alongwith the said report.

Learned counsel for respondent No.2 reiterated and reaffirmed the

factum of settlement between the parties. It is stated that respondent No.2 has no

objection to the quashing of the abovementioned FIR against the petitioner

subject to strict adherence to the terms and conditions of the settlement by the

petitioner.

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

the FIR in question as well as all consequential proceedings 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

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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.

This petition is, thus, allowed and FIR No.51 dated 29.09.2011,

under Sections 498A/406 IPC registered at Police Station Women Cell,

Jalandhar 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 )
October 7 , 2017. JUDGE
‘om’

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

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