IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
Date of decision:22.01.2019.
DAVINDER SINGH … Petitioner
STATE OF PUNJAB AND ANOTHER …. Respondents
CORAM: HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE HARI PAL VERMA
Present: None for the petitioner.
Mr.Rana Harjasdeep Singh, DAG, Punjab,
for respondent No.1.
Mr. Vikram Singh Kang, Advocate, for
for respondent No.2.
HARI PAL VERMA, J.(Oral)
Prayer in this petition filed under Section 482 Cr.P.C. is for
quashing of F.I.R. No.177 dated 29.10.2014 registered under Sections
498A/406 IPC at Police Station City Batala, Police District Batala, District
Gurdaspur (Annexure P-1) and all subsequent proceedings arising therefrom
on the basis of compromise dated 13.11.2018 (Annexure P-2).
This Court vide order dated 04.12.2018 had directed the parties
to appear before the trial Court/Illaqa Magistrate to get their statements
recorded and the learned Magistrate was directed to send its report qua the
genuineness of the compromise.
Pursuant to the aforesaid order, parties have appeared before
learned Judicial Magistrate Ist Class, Batala and got their statements
recorded. On the basis of the statements so recorded, learned Magistrate has
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submitted report dated 17.12.2018 to the effect that the compromise is
genuine and has been effected between the parties voluntarily, without any
undue influence, coercion or threat.
Respondent No.2-complainant, namely, Ranjana made her
statement with regard to compromise before learned Magistrate on
10.12.2018. The same is reproduced as under:-
“Stated that the present case having FIR No.177 dated
29.10.2014, under Sections 498-A, 406 of Indian Penal Code,
registered at Police Station City, Batala, Police District,
Batala, District Gurdaspur was registered against the
accused/petitioner Davinder Singh son of Mewa Singh, resident
of Village Kaler Khurd, P.S. Sekhwan, District Gurdaspur on
my statement. Now I have compromised the matter with
accused (petitioner) with the intervention of the respectables. I
have no objection, if the present FIR may be quashed qua the
above-said accused. I have given my statement with my free will
and without any coercion and any pressure. No any other
litigation/proceeding is pending between me and accused
persons in any court of law. I have not been declared
proclaimed person/offender by any court of law.”
Learned State counsel as well as learned counsel for respondent
No.2 have not disputed the factum of compromise between the parties.
In view of the above, no useful purpose would be served to
continue with the proceedings before the trial Court in the instant F.I.R.
Hon’ble Supreme Court in Gold Quest International Private
Limited Versus State of Tamil Nadu and others-2014 (4) RCR (Criminal)
206 has held that the disputes which are substantially matrimonial in nature,
or the civil property disputes with criminal facets, if the parties have entered
into settlement, and it has become clear that there are no chances of
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conviction, there is no illegality in quashing the proceedings under Section
482 Cr.P.C. read with Article 226 of the Constitution.
Thus, following the principles laid down by the Full Bench
judgment of this Court in Kulwinder Singh and others Versus State of
Punjab and another 2007 (3) RCR (Criminal) 1052 and approved by the
Hon’ble Supreme Court in Gian Singh Versus State of Punjab and others
(2012) 10 SCC 303 as also in the light of Gold Quest International Private
Limited’s case (supra), this petition is allowed and F.I.R. No.177 dated
29.10.2014 registered under Sections 498A/406 IPC at Police Station City
Batala, Police District Batala, District Gurdaspur (Annexure P-1) and all
subsequent proceedings arising therefrom are quashed qua the petitioner on
the basis of compromise dated 13.11.2018 (Annexure P-2), however, that
would be subject to payment of costs of Rs.10,000/- to be deposited with the
Poor Patients’ Welfare Fund of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical
Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, within 15 days from today.
(HARI PAL VERMA)
Whether speaking/reasoned? Yes/No
Whether reportable? Yes/No
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