IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
Criminal Misc. No. M-1287-2018 (OM)
Date of Decision: June 01, 2018.
Gurvinder Singh …… PETITIONER
State of Punjab and anr. …… RESPONDENTS
CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL
Present: Mr. Sarvesh Kumr Gupta, Advocate,for the petitioner.
Mr. D.S. Sukarchakia, DAG, Punjab.
Mr. Sandeep Saini, Advocate for
Mr. Ram Bilas Gupta, Advocate,
for respondent No. 2.
LISA GILL, J.
Prayer in this petition is for quashing of FIR No.46 dated 16.06.2015
District Amritsar, 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
i.e. father-in-law of the petitioner due to matrimonial discord between his
daughter and the petitioner.
Learned counsel for the petitioner and respondent No. 2 submit that
the matter has been amicably resolved between the parties and petition under
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has since been allowed on 02.05.2016. Respondent No. 2 as well as his daughter,
it is submitted do not wish to pursue the matter any longer against the petitioner
and have no objection to the quashing of the aforementioned FIR against him. It
is thus, prayed that this petition be allowed.
This Court on 15.01.2018 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 the petitioner is
absconding/proclaimed offender and whether any other case is pending against
him. Information was sought as to whether all affected persons are a party to the
Pursuant to order dated 15.01.2018, the petitioner and respondent
No. 2 appeared before the learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Amritsar and
their statements were recorded on 18.01.2018. Respondent No.2 stated that the
matter has been amicably resolved with the petitioner, out of his own free will
without any undue influence, pressure or coercion. Respondent No. 2 further
stated that he has no objection in case the abovesaid FIR against the
accused/petitioner is quashed. Statement of the petitioner in respect to the
settlement was recorded as well. Statement of the petitioner’s wife i.e. daughter of
the complainant was recorded on 07.05.2018. She also stated that the
compromise between the parties is genuine, arrived at out of her own free will
without any undue influence or pressure and she has no objection to the quashing
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of the FIR against the petitioner.
As per report dated 19.01.2018 and 10.05.2018 received from the
learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Amritsar, satisfaction is expressed that
the compromise between the parties is genuine and arrived out of their own free
will without any pressure, threat or coercion. Statements of the parties are
appended alongwith the said report. Petitioner is not reported to be a proclaimed
Learned counsel for respondent No.2 reaffirms and verifies the
factum of settlement between the parties. It is reiterated that respondent No.2 and
his daughter have no objection in case the abovementioned FIR is quashed.
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.
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This petition is, thus, allowed and FIR No.46 dated 16.06.2015
District Amritsar, alongwith all consequential proceedings are, hereby, quashed.
June 01, 2018 JUDGE
Whether speaking/reasoned Yes/No
Whether reportable Yes/No
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