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Govindhan vs Station House Officer on 29 January, 2020

CRL.O.P.No.15248 of 2013
and M.P.Nos.1 2 of 2013

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS

DATED: 29.01.2020

CORAM:

THE HON’BLE MR.JUSTICE P.VELMURUGAN

CRL.O.P.No.15248 of 2013
and M.P.Nos.1 2 of 2013

1.Govindhan

2.Pappammal

3.Rangasamy … Petitioners

-vs-

1.Station House Officer,
All Women Police Station,
Kondalapatti,
Salem District.
[Crime No.11 of 2010]

2.Mahalakshmi … Respondents

Prayer: Criminal Original petition filed under Section 482 of Criminal
Procedure Code, to call for the entire records connected with the case in
C.C.No.3 of 2012 on the file of the learned Judicial Magistrate V, Salem and
quash the same in so far as the petitioners are concerned.

For Petitioners : Mr.S.Sathia Chandran
For Respondents : Mr.R.Ravichandran, GA (Crl.Side) for R1
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ORDER

The first respondent registered a case as against the petitioners and one

another in Crime No.11 of 2010 for the offence under Section 498A and 323

IPC, based on the complaint given by the second respondent. After

investigation, the respondent police laid a charge sheet before the learned

Judicial Magistrate No.V, Salem. The learned Magistrate took the charge sheet

on file in C.C.No.3 of 2012 and sent summons to the petitioners. The husband

of the second respondent/complainant is arrayed as A1 and the petitioners

herein are A2 to A4. After receiving the summons, the petitioners have filed

the present petition to quash the complaint in C.C.No.3 of 2012, pending

before the learned Judicial Magistrate V, Salem.

2.The learned counsel for the petitioners submitted that these

petitioners were no way connected with the alleged offence and there is no

specific overt act as against these petitioners. He further submitted that even

the Doctor, has not given any wound certificate, since the second respondent

voluntarily left the hospital even without informing the hospital authorities.

The statement recorded under 161 Cr.P.C by the respondent Police from some

of the prosecution witnesses also not spoken about the involvement of these

petitioners and therefore, there is no specific allegations as against these

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petitioners. The first petitioner is the father-in-law, second petitioner is the

mother-in-law and third petitioner is the close relative of the petitioners 1

and 2. They have been falsely implicated in this complaint and they have not

demanded any dowry or harassed the second respondent. Therefore, the

complaint is to be quashed.

3.The learned Government Advocate (Crl.side) would submit that even

in the statement recorded under Section 161 Cr.P.C., by the investigating

office itself clearly reveals that there is a prima facie allegation as against

these petitioners and also A1. He further submitted that the defacto

complainant has clearly given a statement before the investigating officers.

Therefore, a prima facie case is made out as against the petitioners and the

probative value of the materials cannot be gone into now and there is no

ground to quash the charge sheet in C.C.No.3 of 2012 . Therefore, the petition

is liable to be dismissed.

4.Heard both sides and perused the records.

5.Admittedly A1 is the husband of the second respondent. The first

petitioner/A2 is the father-in-law and second petitioner/A3 is the mother-in-

law of the 2nd respondent and the third petitioner/A4 is the relative of the
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petitioners 1 and 2. On perusal of records, there is a prima facie allegation

that A1, who is the husband of the 2nd respondent had a concubine and also

alleged that the petitioners have harassed and beaten the second respondent

seeking dowry. It is also alleged in the complaint that the 2nd respondent gave

birth to a second male child, during that time the first accused went to the 2 nd

respondent’s parental home and demanded Rs.1 Lakh. Hence, prima facie

allegation is made out as against the petitioners and A1. Therefore, this Court

is not inclined to invoke its power under Section 482 to quash the complaint in

C.C.No.03 of 2012. The petitioners can raise all their defence before the trial

Court.

6.Accordingly, this Criminal Original Petition is dismissed. Connected

miscellaneous petitions are also dismissed.

7.Since the calendar case in C.C.No.03 of 2012 is pending from the year

2012 onwards, the learned Judicial Magistrate No.V, Salem, is directed to

dispose of the case in accordance with law within a period of four months from

the date of receipt of copy of this order and report compliance.

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To

1. The Judicial Magistrate V,
Salem.

2.The Station House Officer,
All Women Police Station,
Kondalapatti,
Salem District.

3.The Public Prosecutor,
High Court, Madras.

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P.VELMURUGAN, J.,

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