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Jagjiwan Singh vs State Of Punjab on 1 February, 2018


Criminal Misc. No. M-1771 of 2017 (OM)
Date of decision : February 01, 2018

Jagjiwan Singh …..Petitioner


State of Punjab and another ….Respondents


Present: Mr. G.S. Pannu, Advocate for the petitioner.

Ms. Seena Mand, DAG, Punjab.

Mr. Mandeep Kaushik, Advocate for respondent No. 2.



Prayer in this petition is for grant of anticipatory bail to the

petitioner in FIR No. 196 dated 14.12.2016 under Sections 406/498A IPC

registered at Police Station Doraha, District Ludhiana.

It is submitted that the above said FIR was registered merely on

account of temperamental differences between the complainant and the

petitioner. All the other family members named in the FIR were found

innocent during investigation. It is submitted that the petitioner still wishes

for resumption of matrimonial ties and seeks to reside together with the

complainant and the minor child. All allegations of ill-treatment and

harassment as raised in the FIR are not substantiated by any kind of

evidence. It is argued that the complainant was never subjected to any kind

of ill-treatment, harassment or physical abuse in the matrimonial home.

Despite efforts, the complainant did not return to the matrimonial home

after the delivery of the child on 03.11.2015. The petitioner has joined

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investigation and undertakes to face proceedings. It is, thus, prayed that this

petition be allowed.

I have heard learned counsel for the parties.

Learned counsel for the complainant has opposed this petition

while submitting that specific allegations have been raised against the


It is noticed that the parties were referred to the Mediation and

Conciliation Centre of this Court but mediation was unsuccessful.

Learned counsel for the petitioner submits that even as on date,

the petitioner seeks to resume matrimonial ties with the complainant. The

complainant, who is present in Court today, duly identified by her counsel,

submits that she is not ready and willing to reside with the petitioner at this


There are no allegations on behalf of the State that the

petitioner is likely to abscond or that he is likely to dissuade the

witnesses from deposing true facts in the Court, if released on bail.

Learned counsel for the State, on instructions from ASI

Sukhdev Singh, verifies that the petitioner has joined investigation though it

is submitted that certain recoveries are yet to be effected. Be that as it may,

this Court in Prit Pal Singh versus State of Punjab and another 2014 (5)

RCR (Criminal) 771 observed that non recovery of certain articles cannot

be a ground for not affording the concession of anticipatory bail to the


Keeping in view the facts and circumstances noted above but

without expressing any opinion on the merits of case, it is considered just

and expedient to allow this petition. Consequently, order dated 19.01.2017

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is made absolute.

It is reiterated that none of the observations made herein above

are a reflection on the merits of the case and shall have no bearing on the


(Lisa Gill)
February 01, 2018 Judge
Whether speaking/reasoned : Yes/No

Whether reportable : Yes/No

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