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Vimalkumar Bharatbhai Katara & vs State Of Gujarat & 3 on 19 December, 2017

R/SCR.A/4515/2016 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

SPECIAL CRIMINAL APPLICATION (QUASHING) NO. 4515 of 2016

VIMALKUMAR BHARATBHAI KATARA 1….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT 3….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
KUMAR H TRIVEDI, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1 – 2
MR.DARSHAN A. DAVE, ADVOCATE for the Respondent(s) No. 2
NOTICE SERVED BY DS for the Respondent(s) No. 3 – 4
MR DHARMESH DEVNANI, APP for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 19/12/2017

ORAL ORDER

1 Rule   returnable   forthwith.   Mr.   Dharmesh   Devnani,   the   learned 
APP waives service of notice of rule for and on behalf of the respondents 
Nos.1, 3 and 4. Mr. Darshan  Dave, the  learned advocate  has  entered 
appearance on behalf of the respondent No.2 ­ original first informant 
and waives service of notice of rule.

2 By this writ application under Article 226 of the Constitution of 
India, the writ applicants have prayed for the following reliefs:

“10(A) To quash and set aside the impugned complaint being CR.  
No.I­8 of 2016  dated  17­1­2016  lodged  with  Shamalaji  Police   Station,  
District Aravalli qua the petitioner No.1. 

(b) Pending hearing and final disposal of the petition be pleased to stay  
the  investigation  of the  impugned  complaint  being  C.R.  No.I­8 of 2016  
dated 17­1­2016  lodged with Shamalaji  Police Station, District Aravalli  

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qua the petitioner No.1. 

(c) To direct the respondent authorities to provide police protection to  
the   petitioners   by   considering   the   representation   dated   13­6­2016   at  
Annexure ­D;

(d) To direct the respondent authorities to ensure that preventive steps  
are taken so that the petitioners are no t harassed, threatened nor any act  
of violence being committed against them by the relatives of the petitioner  
No.2;

(e) To grant any other appropriate and just relief/s.”

3 On 8th August 2016, a Coordinate Bench of this Court has passed 
the following order:

1. “The petitioner no.1 is  19 ½   years old studying in Second Year B.Com  
in S.S. Mehta Arts and Commerce College at Himmatnagar whereas the  
petitioner   no.2   is   18   years   old,   studying   in   First   Year   B.A.   in   M.M.  
Chaudhary Arts College at Rajendranagar. The Petitioners are before this  
Court   seeking   quashment   of   the   complaint   being   I­C.R.   No.   8   of   2016  
dated  17.01.2016  lodged  with Shamlaji  Police  Station,  District  Aravalli  
and also for protection to be provided to them by the Police considering  
their Representation dated 13.06.2016.

2. Both the petitioners  were  engaged  nearly for a period  of 4 months  and  
later on due to intervention of elders of community, the engagement was  
broken.  By then the petitioners had chosen to spend their lives together  
and,   therefore,   they   eloped.   This   complaint   came   to   be   lodged   by   the  
mother of the victim. Both of them have not attained marriageable age as  
the   petitioner   no.2   is   18   years   old,   while   the   petitioner   no.1   is   yet   to  
complete  21  years.  In the  representation  made  to the  DSP,  it is clearly  
mentioned   that  they  have  not   contracted  the  marriage  and   there   is  no  
physical   relationship.   However,   they   have   chosen   to   stay   together   as  
friends.   It   emerges   from   the   representation   given   to   the   DSP   that   the  
prosecutrix has chosen to leave her parents and joined the petitioner no.1.  
Prima  facie  there  does not  appear  any  substance  qua  allegations  under  
Section 363 and 366 of the IPC.

3. Issue Notice,  returnable  on 26.08.2016.  Learned  APP waives  service  of  

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notice for and on behalf of respondent no.1. 

4. In   the   meantime,   the   Police   Inspector,   Shamlaji   Police   Station,   in  
consultation with the DSP, Aravalli, shall provide protection to both the  
petitioners.  No coercive  steps shall be taken  against the petitioner  no.1.  
The   length   of   their   protection   shall   be   determined   by   the   concerned  
authority bearing in mind the ground reality. 

5. Direct   service   permitted   to   the   rest   of   the   respondents   through   the  
concerned police station.”

4 The respondent No.2 – original first informant is present in the 
Court   today   along   with   her   daughter   namely  Jinkal   Gameti.  The 
applicant No.1 – Vimalkumar Bharatbhai Katara is personally present in 
the Court today. It is pointed out to me that the applicant No.1 has got 
married with the applicant No.2. The marriage certificate is placed on 
record. The respondent No.2 – original first informant and the mother of 
Jinkal   Gameti  confirm   about   the   marriage   of   her   daughter   with   the 
applicant No.1. The respondent No.2 does not want to proceed further 
with the First Information Report. 

5 In   such   circumstances,   this   application   is   allowed.   The   First 
Information   Report  bearing   C.R.   No.I­8   of   2016  registered   with   the 
Shamalaji   Police   Station,   District:   Aravalli   for  the   offence   punishable 
under Sections 363 and 366 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 12 of 
the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2015 is  quashed. 
Consequently, all further proceedings pursuant thereto stand terminated. 

6 The certificate of registration of marriage shall be kept with the 
record of this case. 

7 Rule is made absolute. Direct service is permitted.

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(J.B.PARDIWALA, J.)
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