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IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
Crl. Misc. No. M- 5352 of 2017(OM)
Date of Decision: April 3 , 2017.
Mandeep Singh and another …… PETITIONER(s)
State of Punjab and another …… RESPONDENT (s)
CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL
Present: Mr. A.K.Saini, Advocate
for the petitioners.
Mr. K.D.Sachdeva, Addl.AG, Punjab.
None for respondent No.2.
LISA GILL, J.
Prayer in this petition is for quashing of FIR No.252 dated
31.12.2015 under Sections 498A/406/506 IPC registered at Police Station
Machiwara District Khanna and all other consequential proceedings arising
therefrom on the basis of compromise dated 05.02.2017 (Annexure P2) arrived
at between the parties.
The abovesaid FIR was registered at the behest of respondent No.2
on account of matrimonial discord between petitioner No.1 and respondent
No.2. With the intervention of respectables and relatives, a compromise has
been arrived at between the parties, the terms of which were reduced in writing
on 05.02.2017. The parties wish to live in peace and harmony and put an end to
the acrimony between them. The present petition has been filed on the basis of
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This Court on 17.02.2017 directed the parties to appear before
learned trial court on 02.03.2017 for getting their statements recorded in respect
to the above-mentioned compromise. Learned trial court was directed to submit
a report regarding the genuineness of the compromise, as to whether it has been
arrived at voluntarily without any coercion, fear or undue influence. Learned
trial court was also directed to intimate whether any of the petitioners are
proclaimed offenders. Information was also sought as to the number of persons
arrayed as accused in FIR.
Pursuant to order dated 17.02.2017, the parties appeared before the
learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Samrala and their statements were
recorded on 02.03.2017. Respondent No.2 has stated that the matter has been
amicably resolved with both the accused petitioners. The compromise has been
arrived at out of her own free will, without any pressure, undue influence or
coercion. The compromise is genuine and voluntary. Respondent No.2 has
stated that she has no objection to the quashing of the abovesaid FIR qua the
petitioners. A joint statement of the petitioners in respect to the compromise
was also recorded.
As per report dated 28.03.2017 received from the learned Judicial
Magistrate First Class, Samrala it is opined that the compromise between the
parties is genuine, voluntary and arrived at without any coercion or undue
influence. None of the petitioners are proclaimed offenders. The statements of
the parties have been appended alongwith the said report.
On the last date of hearing i.e. 17.02.2017, Mr. Atul Goyal,
Advocate appeared on behalf of respondent No.2 and admitted the factum of
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settlement between the parties.
Learned counsel for the State, on instructions from HC Jagjivan
Singh, Police Station Machiwara, submits that as the abovesaid FIR arises out of
a matrimonial dispute, the State has no objection to the quashing of this FIR 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 only lead to
wastage of precious time of the court and would be an exercise in futility.
This petition is, thus, allowed and FIR No.252 dated 31.12.2015
under Sections 498A/406/506 IPC registered at Police Station Machiwara
District Khanna alongwith all consequential proceedings are, hereby, quashed.
( LISA GILL )
April 3 , 2017. JUDGE
Whether speaking/reasoned: Yes/No
Whether reportable: Yes/No
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