Ankur Manchanda & Anr vs State Of Haryana & Anr on 4 October, 2017

CRM No.M-45883 of 2016 [1]

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

Criminal Misc. No. M- 45883 of 2016(OM)
Date of Decision: October 4 , 2017.

Ankur Manchanda and another …… PETITIONER(s)

Versus

State of Haryana and another …… RESPONDENT (s)

CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL

Present: Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Panwar, Advocate
for the petitioners.

Mr. Arjun Singh Yadav, AAG, Haryana.

None for respondent No.2.
*****

LISA GILL, J.

Prayer in this petition is for quashing of FIR No.16 dated 23.09.2015

under Sections 498A/406/506 IPC registered at Police Station Women, Sector

16-A, Faridabad 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., petitioner No.1. With the

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

the parties, the terms of which were reduced into writing on 25.10.2016

(Annexure P2). It is noted that after filing of this petition, petitioner No.1 i.e.,

the husband of respondent No.2 has unfortunately passed away. This petition

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was dismissed as infructuous qua him on 17.03.2017.

This Court on 17.03.2017 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 or undue influence. Learned trial court/Illaqa Magistrate

was also directed to intimate the number of persons arrayed as accused and

whether any accused is proclaimed offender.

Pursuant to order dated 17.03.2017, the parties appeared before the

learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Faridabad and their statements were

recorded on 11.04.2017. Respondent No.2 stated that the matter had been

compromised with her husband as well as her mother-in-law. However, her

husband had since passed away and she did not wish to pursue the proceedings

against her mother-in-law i.e., petitioner No.2. The settlement, it is stated, has

been arrived at out of her free consent without any coercion or undue influence.

Statement of petitioner No.2 in respect to the settlement was recorded as well.

As per report dated 11.04.2017 received from the learned Judicial

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

parties is genuine and valid, arrived at out of their own sweet will without any

threat, coercion or undue influence. None is reported to be a proclaimed

offender. Statements of the parties are appended alongwith the said report.

Mr. M.S.Rana, Advocate had appeared on behalf of respondent No.2

before this Court on 17.03.2017 and affirmed the factum of settlement between

the parties.

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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

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.16 dated 23.09.2015

under Sections 498A/406/506 IPC registered at Police Station Women, Sector

16-A, Faridabad alongwith all consequential proceedings are, hereby, quashed.

( LISA GILL )
October 4 , 2017. JUDGE
‘om’

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

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