Nareshbhai Balwantbhai Rathod & 2 vs State Of Gujarat & on 14 November, 2017

R/CR.MA/12359/2015 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR QUASHING SET ASIDE
FIR/ORDER) NO. 12359 of 2015

NARESHBHAI BALWANTBHAI RATHOD 2….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT 1….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR JAPAN V DAVE, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1 – 3
MR DV KANSARA, ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF MR PM DAVE, ADVOCATE
for the Respondent(s) No. 2
MS MOXA THAKKAR, APP for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 14/11/2017

ORAL ORDER

1  Rule   returnable   forthwith.   Ms.   Moxa   Thakkar,   the   learned 
Additional Public Prosecutor waives service of notice of rule for and on 
behalf of the respondent No.1 ­ State of Gujarat. On behalf of Mr. P.M. 
Dave, the learned counsel, Mr. Kansara waives service of notice of rule 
for the respondent No.2.

2 By   this   application   under   Section   482   of   the   Code   of   Criminal 
Procedure,   1973,   the   applicants   –   original   accused   persons   seek   to 
invoke the inherent powers of this Court, praying for quashing of the 
First Information Report being C.R. No.II – 48 of 2015 registered at the 
Mahila Police Station, District: Dahod for the offence punishable under 
Sections 498A and 504 read with 114 of the Indian Penal Code.

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3 It appears from the materials on record that the respondent No.2 – 

original first informant got married in the year 2014 with the applicant 
No.1 herein. Soon thereafter, matrimonial problems cropped up and the 
respondent   No.2   left   the   matrimonial   home.   The   allegations   of 
harassment are in general. 

4 On 8th July 2015, the following order was passed:

“Heard Mr.Japan V. Dave, learned advocate for the applicants.

It  is  submitted  that  a  Customary  Divorce  Deed   by  mutual   consent  was  
drawn up between applicant No.1 and respondent  No.2­Complainant on  
10.06.2015,   which   was   acted   upon   by   the   parties.   The   complainant  
started residing separately from the applicants pursuant thereto. However,  
three days after the said Deed of Customary Divorce, the FIR in question  
has been lodged by respondent No.2, in spite of the fact that in the Deed of  
Customary Divorce, it had been agreed upon by the parties not to initiate  
any proceedings against the other in view of the amicable resolution of the  
dispute between them.

Issue Notice returnable on 05.08.2015.

Ms.Chetna M. Shah, learned Additional Public Prosecutor waives service of  
notice for respondent No.1.

No coercive action be taken against the applicants, till then.

In addition to the normal mode of service, Direct Service for respondent  
No.2 through concerned Police Station, is also permitted.”

5 Thereafter,   on   2nd  November,   2017,   the   following   order   was 

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passed:

“The   respondent   no.2   original   first   informant   is   directed   to   personally  

remain present before this Court on 10th November 2017. 

Ms.Thakkar,   the   learned   APP   appearing   for   the   State,   shall   take  
instructions   from   the   Investigating   Officer   concerned,   whether   the  
respondent no.2 has got married again and her status as on date.

Notify the matter on the returnable date on top of the board.

Interim relief to continue.”

6 Ms.   Moxa   Thakkar,   the   learned   A.P.P.,  after   taking   instructions 
from the Investigating Officer, makes a statement that the respondent 
No.2   has   got   married   for   the   second   time   with   one   Shri   Mitulbhai 
Chauhan. The police officer further informed that in the second wedlock 
of the respondent No.2, a child is born just about fifteen days back. 

7 On behalf of Mr. P.M. Dave, the learned counsel, Mr. D.V. Kansara 
has appeared for the respondent No.2. Mr. Kansara, the learned counsel 
submits that since long time, they are not in touch with the respondent 
No.2. After customary divorce, it appears that the respondent No.2 has 
got married and is now happily residing at her new matrimonial home. A 
child has also been born, as stated above. 

8 In such circumstances, I am of the view that permitting the police 
to   investigate   into   the   alleged   offence   will   be   nothing,   but   an   empty 
formality. 

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9 In the result, this application is allowed. The First Information Report 

being C.R. No.II – 48 of 2015 registered at the Mahila Police Station, District: 
Dahod   is   hereby   quashed.   Consequently,   all   further   proceedings   pursuant 
thereto stand terminated. Rule is made absolute. Direct service is permitted.

(J.B.PARDIWALA, J.)
chandresh

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