HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD
?Court No. – 46
Case :- CRIMINAL MISC. WRIT PETITION No. – 23366 of 2019
Petitioner :- Adesh Kumar @ Chhange
Respondent :- State Of U.P. And 3 Others
Counsel for Petitioner :- Narendra Singh
Counsel for Respondent :- G.A.
Hon’ble Naheed Ara Moonis,J.
Hon’ble Anil Kumar-IX,J.
Heard learned counsel for the petitioner and learned A.G.A. for the State.
This writ petition has been filed by the petitioner with the prayer to quash the F.I.R. dated 25.06.2019 registered in Case Crime No. 184 of 2019, under Sections 354 I.P.C., 7/8 POCSO Act and Section 3 (1)(d) SC/SectionST Act, P.S. Ghiror, district Mainpuri.
The learned counsel for the petitioner submitted that the impugned first information report has been lodged by the respondent no.4 against the petitioner with the allegations that when the complainant along with others went to the field for plucking the dates, the petitioner and other co-accused persons came and tried to outrage her modesty. On hue and cry the accused persons fled away from the spot. He further submitted that apart from the bald allegations made in the impugned first information report no evidence is forthcoming even prima facie indicating at the complicity of the petitioner in the commission of the alleged crime and hence the impugned first information report is liable to be quashed.
Per contra the learned A.G.A. contended that the allegations contained in the first information report cannot be nipped in the bud. There are sufficient material showing the complicity of the petitioner. The innocence of the petitioner cannot be adjudged at this stage.
The Full Bench of this Court in Ajit Singh @ Muraha Vs. State of U.P., 2006 (56) ACC 433 reiterated the view taken by the earlier Full Bench in Satya Pal Vs. State of U.P., 2000 Cr.L.J. 569, after considering the various decisions including State of Haryana Vs. Bhajan Lal, AIR 1992 SC 604) that there can be no interference with the investigation or order staying arrest unless cognizable offence is not ex-facie discernible from the allegations contained in the FIR or there is any statutory restriction operating on the power of the police to investigate a case.
From the perusal of the FIR, prima facie it cannot be said that no cognizable offence is made out. Hence no ground exists for quashing of the FIR or staying the arrest of the petitioner. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed.
However, it is provided that if the petitioner appears or surrenders before the Court concerned within thirty days from today and applies for bail in the aforesaid case, his prayer for bail shall be considered by the courts below expeditiously, in accordance with law.
Order Date :- 11.11.2019