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IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
Crl. Misc. No. M- 44168 of 2016(OM)
Date of Decision: April 3 , 2017.
Vikas Kumar and others …… PETITIONER(s)
State of Punjab and another …… RESPONDENT (s)
CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL
Present: Mr. Piyush Sharma, Advocate
for the petitioners.
Mr. K.D.Sachdeva, Addl.AG, Punjab.
Mr. J.S.Grewal, Advocate
for respondent No.2.
LISA GILL, J.
Prayer in this petition is for quashing of FIR No.359 dated
27.10.2013 under Sections 406/498A IPC registered at Police Station City
Ferozepur, District Ferozepur and all other consequential proceedings arising
therefrom on the basis of compromise dated 01.12.2016 (Annexure P2) arrived
at between the parties.
The abovesaid FIR was registered at the behest of respondent No.2
– Babita Rani 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 01.12.2016. The parties wish to live in peace and
harmony and put an end to the acrimony between them. The present petition has
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been filed on the basis of this compromise.
This Court on 09.12.2016 directed the parties to appear before
learned trial court/Illaqa Magistrate on 19.12.2016 for getting their statements
recorded in respect to the above-mentioned compromise. Learned trial
court/Illaqa Magistrate was directed to submit a report regarding the
genuineness of the compromise and intimate whether any other case or PO
proceedings are pending against either of the parties.
Pursuant to order dated 09.12.2016, the parties appeared before the
learned Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ferozepur and their statements were recorded
on 19.12.2016. Respondent No.2 has stated that the matter has been amicably
resolved with all the petitioners who are the accused in this case. It is stated that
the settlement is genuine and voluntary. Respondent No.2 has further stated that
a petition under Section 13B of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 has been filed. It
is stated that she has no objection if the abovesaid FIR is quashed qua all the
accused petitioners. A joint statement of all the petitioners in respect to the
settlement was recorded as well.
As per report dated 02.01.2017 received from the learned Chief
Judicial Magistrate, Ferozepur it is opined that the compromise between the
parties is genuine, voluntary and arrived at out of the free will of the parties.
None of the accused petitioners is a proclaimed offender. The statements of the
parties have been appended alongwith the said report.
Learned counsel for respondent No.2 reaffirms and verifies the
factum of settlement between the parties. It is reiterated that respondent No.2
has no objection to the quashing of the abovementioned FIR against all the
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Learned counsel for the State, on instructions from ASI Balwant
Singh, 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.359 dated 27.10.2013
under Sections 406/498A IPC registered at Police Station City Ferozepur,
District Ferozepur alongwith all consequential proceedings are, hereby,
( LISA GILL )
April 3 , 2017. JUDGE
Whether speaking/reasoned: Yes/No
Whether reportable: Yes/No
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