IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY
CRIMINAL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
WRIT PETITION NO.932 OF 2018
Karan Somnath Sawhney ors .. Petitioners
The State of Maharashtra ors .. Respondents
None for the petitioners.
Ms.P.P. Shinde, APP for the State.
Ms.Pooja Joshi for respondent no.2.
Ms.Swati Sawhney (Bhakri) is present.
CORAM: SMT. BHARATI H.DANGRE, J
DATED : 4th SEPTEMBER, 2018
1 The present petition is filed by the petitioner who is
the husband and the petitioner nos.2 to 5 are relatives of the
petitioner. The respondent no.2 is the wife and the marriage
between petitioner no.1 and respondent no.2 was solemnized
on 14th February 2014. On account of marital discord, several
proceedings came to be instituted by the parties. However, by
an order passed by this Court on 12th September 2017, the
Court recorded that the Divorce Petition filed between the
parties would be converted into a petition by mutual consent.
Another term of settlement was that the husband would pay an
amount of Rs.Two lakhs to the respondent no.2 wife by way of
demand drafts. It was also agreed that the parties would
appear before the Family Court at Bandra to convert the said
Divorce Petition into a petition for Divorce by mutual consent.
It was also agreed that the respondent-husband would file a
petition seeking quashment of proceedings filed by wife under
section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, wherein she would give
her consent and support the application. It was ultimately
agreed that all the allegations made by the parties against each
other would stand withdrawn.
Accordingly, the present writ petition has been
instituted by the petitioner and his family members praying for
quashing of the charge under Section 498A r/w Section 34
pending before the Court of the JMFC, Vasai, Thane.
2 Today, none appears for the petitioner. However,
the respondent no.2 Mrs.Swati Karan Sawhney is present. She
has also filed an affidavit before this Court stating that she has
received an amount of Rs.20 lakhs by way of demand drafts
and she has encashed the said amounts. She has also stated
that all the terms and conditions as mentioned in the consent
terms have been abided by the parties and a categorical
statement is made that she has no objection for quashing of the
proceedings instituted against the petitioner and his relatives.
In terms of the said affidavit and in light of the position of law
as set out by the Hon’ble Apex Court in case of B. S. Joshi vs.
State of Haryana reported [AIR 2003 SC 1386] where it is
held that in the event of settlement of matrimonial dispute, the
FIR under Section 498A can be quashed, even though the said
offence is not compoundable in terms of Section 320 of the
Cr.P.C. The relevant observations of the Apex Court are
contained in Paras 14 and 15 which are reproduced herein
“14. There is no doubt that the object of
introducing Chapter XX-A containing Section 498A in
the Indian Penal Code was to prevent the torture to a
woman by her husband or by relatives of her
husband. Section 498A was added with a view to
punishing a husband and his relatives who harass or
torture the wife to coerce her or her relatives to satisfy
unlawful demands of dowry. The hyper-technical view
would be counter productive and would act against
interests of women and against the object for which
this provision was added. There is every likelihood
that non-exercise of inherent power to quash the
proceedings to meet the ends of justice would prevent
women from settling earlier. That is not the object of
Chapter XXA of Indian Penal Code.
15. In view of the above discussion, we hold that
the High Court in exercise of its inherent powers can
quash criminal proceedings or FIR or complaint and
Section 320 of the Code does not limit or affect the
powers under Section 482 of the Code.”
For the reasons recorded above and in light of the
judgment of the Hon’ble Apex Court, the proceedings pending
on the file of the JMFC, 2nd Court, Vasai, Thane, vide RCC
No.1115 of 2017 are quashed by consent of the parties.
Writ Petition is allowed in terms of prayer clause (b).
(SMT. BHARATI H. DANGRE, J.)