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Gurpreet Singh vs State Of Punjab on 12 February, 2018

CRM No.M-24445 of 2016
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IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

Criminal Misc. No.M- 24445 of 2016(OM)
Date of Decision: February 12 , 2018.

Gurpreet Singh Bal …… PETITIONER (s)

Versus

State of Punjab …… RESPONDENT (s)

CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL

Present: Mr. Rahul Bhargava, Advocate
for the petitioner.

Ms. Monika Jalota, DAG, Punjab.

Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Advocate
for the complainant.
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LISA GILL, J.

Prayer in this petition is for grant of anticipatory bail to the

petitioner in FIR No.183 dated 13.06.2016 under Sections 406/498A IPC

registered at Police Station Zirakpur, District SAS Nagar.

It is submitted that the petitioner has been falsely implicated in this

case. No allegations of ill-treatment or harassment are made out against the

petitioner. It is contended that petition under Section 13 of the Hindu Marriage

Act, 1955 filed by the complainant-wife for grant of divorce on the ground of

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cruelty was dismissed by the learned Additional District Judge, SAS Nagar,

Mohali on 20.02.2016 (Annexure P2) as no truth was found regarding the

allegations of cruelty raised by her. It is further contended that the entire articles

belonging to the complainant were taken by her when she left the house.

Moreover, the petitioner has cleared all arrears of maintenance due towards the

complainant till 31.01.2018. He further undertakes to regularly deposit the

amount of maintenance as assessed in her favour. The petitioner, it is submitted,

has joined investigation and he undertakes to face the proceedings and not

misuse the concession of anticipatory bail, if afforded to him. Therefore, it is

prayed that this petition be allowed.

Learned counsel for the complainant has opposed this petition.

However, it is not denied that petition under Section 13 of the Hindu Marriage

Act, 1955 seeking divorce on ground of cruelty has been dismissed by the

learned Additional District Judge, SAS Nagar, Mohali on 20.02.2016. It is

informed that the appeal against the said judgment is pending before this Court.

Learned counsel for the State, on instructions from HC Parveen

Kumar, verifies that the petitioner has joined investigation. However, no

recovery has been effected in this case.

It has been held in Prit Pal Singh v. State of Punjab and another,

2014 (5) RCR (Criminal) 771 to say that non-recovery of certain articles by

itself cannot be a ground for not affording the concession of anticipatory bail to

the petitioner.

There are no allegations on behalf of the State that the petitioner is

likely to abscond or that he is likely to dissuade the witnesses from deposing

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true facts before the Court, if released on bail.

Keeping in view the facts and circumstances as above but without

commenting upon or expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, it is

considered just and expedient to allow this petition. Consequently, order dated

21.07.2016 is made absolute.

It is clarified that none of the observations made hereinabove shall

be construed to be a reflection on the merits of the case. The same are solely

confined for the purpose of decision of the present petition.

( LISA GILL )
February 12 , 2018. JUDGE
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Whether speaking/reasoned: Yes/No
Whether reportable: Yes/No

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