Mandeep Singh & Anr vs State Of Punjab & Anr on 3 April, 2017

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IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

Crl. Misc. No. M- 5352 of 2017(OM)
Date of Decision: April 3 , 2017.

Mandeep Singh and another …… PETITIONER(s)

Versus

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 compromise.

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

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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

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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
‘om’

Whether speaking/reasoned: Yes/No
Whether reportable: Yes/No

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