HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD
?Court No. – 75
Case :- APPLICATION U/S 482 No. – 41339 of 2019
Applicant :- Lakshmi Narayan
Opposite Party :- State of U.P. and Another
Counsel for Applicant :- Saurabh Yadav
Counsel for Opposite Party :- G.A.
Hon’ble Rajiv Gupta,J.
Heard learned counsel for the applicant, learned A.G.A. for the State and perused the material available on record.
This application under Section 482 Cr.P.C. has been filed by the applicant for quashing of the impugned Charge-sheet dated 25.04.2018 as well as the entire proceedings of Case No.996 of 2018 (State Vs. Laxmi Narayan) arising out of Case Crime No.593 of 2017, under Section 354 I.P.C., P.S. Bilshi, District Budaun.
As per the allegations made in the FIR, it is alleged that on 17.10.2017 at about 10:00 P.M., the applicant, who is the father-in-law of Opposite Party No.2, had tried to outrage her modesty and on objection being raised by the victim, the applicant left the house.
The contention of counsel for the applicant is that no offence against the applicant is disclosed and the present application has been instituted with a malafide intention for the purposes of harassment. He has also pointed out certain documents in support of his contention.
Per contra, learned AGA has submitted that from the perusal of the allegations made in the FIR and the material collected during the course of investigation, prima facie offence is clearly made out against the applicant and as such, impugned charge-sheet cannot be quashed.
From the perusal of the material on record and looking into the facts of the case, at this stage it cannot be said that no offence is made out against the applicant. All the submissions made at the bar relate to the disputed questions of fact, which cannot be adjudicated upon by this Court under Section 482 Cr.P.C.
At this stage, disputed question of fact cannot be considered, therefore, in view of the law laid down by the Hon’ble Apex Court in the cases of R.P. Kapur Vs. State of Punjab, AIR 1960 SC 866, State of Haryana Vs. Bhajan Lal, 1992 SCC (Cri.) 426, State of Bihar Vs. P.P. Sharma, 1992 SCC (Cri.) 192 and lastly Zandu Pharmaceutical Works Ltd. Vs. Mohd. Saraful Haq and another, (Para-10) 2005 SCC (Cri.) 283, the prayer for quashing the impugned charge-sheet and the entire proceedings is refused.
However, it is directed that if the applicant appears and surrenders before the court below within thirty days from today and apply for bail, his prayer for bail shall be considered and decided in view of settled law laid down by this Court in the case of SectionAmrawati and another vs. State of U.P. reported in 2004 (57) ALR 290 as well as judgment passed by Hon’ble Apex Court in the case of Lal Kamlendra Pratap Singh Vs. State of U.P. reported in 2009 (3) ADJ 322 (SC).
For a period of thirty days from today or till the applicant surrenders and applies for bail, whichever is earlier, no coercive action shall be taken against the applicant. However, in case, the applicant do not appear before the court below within the aforesaid period, coercive action shall be taken against him.
With the aforesaid directions, this application under Section 482 CrPC is finally disposed of.
Order Date :- 25.11.2019