IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE RAJA VIJAYARAGHAVAN V
FRIDAY, THE 07TH DAY OF DECEMBER 2018 / 16TH AGRAHAYANA, 1940
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CRIME NO. 419/2016 OF RAMANKARY POLICE STATION, ALAPPUZHA
PETITIONER/DE FACTO COMPLAINANT:
AGED 21 YEARS, D/O.B.GOPAKUMAR,
LANKARA HOUSE, VEZHAPRA KARA, RAMANKARI VILLAGE,
KUTTANAD TALUK, NOW RESIDING AT GOVARDHANAM,
VAZHAPPALLY EAST VILLAGE, VAZHAPPALLY EAST MURI,
CHANGANASSERY TALUK, KOTTAYAM DISTRICT-686103.
1 THE STATE OF KERALA,
REPRESENTED BY PUBLIC PROSECUTOR,
HIGH COURT OF KERALA, ERNAKULAM, KOCHI-682031.
2 AROMAL RAJ
AGED 22 YEARS, S/O.RAJESH,
LANKARA VEETTIL, VEZHAPRA KARA, RAMANKARI VILLAGE,
KUTTANAD TALUK, ALAPPUZHA-689595.
R1 BY SMT SHEEBA K, PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
THIS CRIMINAL MISC. CASE HAVING COME UP FOR ADMISSION ON
07.12.2018, THE COURT ON THE SAME DAY PASSED THE FOLLOWING:
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This petition is filed under Section 482 of the Code of
Criminal Procedure (“the Code” for brevity).
2. The petitioner herein is the de facto complainant in
Crime No.419 of 2016 of the Ramankary Police station. The 2 nd
respondent is the accused in the aforesaid crime.
3. While the petitioner herein was studying for the MBBS
Course at Medical College, Kannur, she fell in love with the 2 nd
respondent. Without the knowledge or consent of her family
members, they stealthily got married at a temple and they
started living together as husband and wife. In course of time,
their relationship became strained and they fell apart. When he
started mentally and physically harassing the petitioner, she
approached the police and lodged a statement based on which,
the instant crime was registered under Sections 498A and 323
of the IPC.
4. While the criminal proceedings were pending, the
petitioner herein approached the Family Court and filed a
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petition seeking dissolution of marriage. The said petition was
allowed by the Family Court and a decree was granted in her
favour. She then got married to another man and started a new
life. She has now approached this Court seeking for the
quashing of criminal proceedings so as to enable her to live her
life in peace and quiet.
5. The learned Public Prosecutor, on instructions,
submitted that the 2nd respondent is a person with questionable
antecedents. It is further submitted that the fact that the
petitioner herein had married some other man and had obtained
divorce have come out during the investigation. As no public
interest is involved, the State has no serious objection is the
6. I have considered the submissions advanced.
7. In the instant case, the de facto complainant herself
has approached this Court to quash the proceedings which has
been initiated by her. Notice was issued to the 2 nd respondent
and the same has been served. However, he has not appeared
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before this Court and objected to the prayer. I am of the firm
view that the continuance of the instant proceedings will only
result in abuse of process. I am of the view that this is a fit case
in which, this Court will be justified in invoking its inherent
powers under section 482 to quash the proceedings.
In the result, this petition will stand allowed. Annexure-A2
FIR in Crime No.419 of 2016 of the Ramankary Police Station
and all proceedings pursuant thereto against the 2nd respondent
RAJA VIJAYARAGHAVAN V.,
//TRUE COPY// P.A. TO JUDGE
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ANNEXURE A1 THE TRUE COPY OF C.M.P.NO.2407/2016 DATED
20.04.2016 FILED BY THE PETITIONER BEFORE
THE HON’BLE JUDICIAL FIRST CLASS
MAGISTRATE COURT, RAMANKARI.
ANNEXURE A2 THE TRUE COPY OF THE FIRST INFORMATION
REPORT NO.419/2016 DATED 06.07.2016 OF
RAMANKARY POLICE STATION.
ANNEXURE A3 THE TRUE COPY OF THE DECREE DATED
30.11.2016 PASSED BY THE HON’BLE FAMILY
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