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Manjinder Singh vs State Of Punjab & Anr on 30 November, 2017

CRM No.M-17657 of 2017


Criminal Misc. No. M- 17657 of 2017(OM)
Date of Decision: November 30 , 2017.

Manjinder Singh …… PETITIONER(s)


State of Punjab and another …… RESPONDENT (s)


Present: Mr. Jasraj Singh, Advocate
for the petitioner.

Mr. Rahul Rathore, DAG, Punjab.

None for respondent No.2.


Prayer in this petition is for quashing of FIR No.190 dated

26.09.2016 under Sections 498A/406 IPC registered at Police Station Tanda,

District Hoshiarpur and all other consequential proceedings arising therefrom on

the basis of a compromise arrived at between the parties.

The abovesaid FIR was registered at the instance of respondent

No.2 due to matrimonial discord with her husband i.e., the petitioner. The

matter has been settled between the parties before the Mediation and

Conciliation Centre, Hoshiarpur, the terms of which were reduced into writing

on 27.02.2017 (Annexure P2). The parties decided to part ways.

This Court on 26.07.2017 directed the parties to appear before

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learned Illaqa Magistrate for recording their statements in respect to the above-

mentioned compromise. Learned Illaqa Magistrate was directed to submit a

report regarding the genuineness of the compromise, as to whether it has been

arrived at out of the free will and volition of the parties without any coercion,

fear or undue influence. Learned Illaqa Magistrate was also directed to intimate

whether the accused is absconding/proclaimed offender and whether any other

case is pending against him. Information was sought as to whether all affected

persons are a party to the settlement.

Pursuant to order dated 26.07.2017, the parties appeared before the

learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Dasuya and their statements were

recorded on 10.08.2017. Respondent No.2 stated that the matter has been

amicably resolved with the accused petitioner without any coercion or undue

influence. Settlement/agreement dated 27.02.2017 was produced as Mark ‘A’.

Respondent No.2 stated that she has no objection in case the abovesaid FIR

against the accused petitioner is quashed. Statement of the petitioner in respect

to the settlement was recorded as well.

As per report dated 21.09.2017 received from the learned Judicial

Magistrate First Class, Dasuya, it is opined that the settlement between the

parties is genuine, arrived at out of their free will without any pressure or

coercion. The petitioner, who is the sole accused in this case, is not reported to

be a proclaimed offender. Statements of the parties are appended alongwith the

said report.

It is noticed that respondent No.2 – Ms. Jaspinder Kaur, duly

identified by ASI Surinder Singh, Police Station Tanda, had appeared in-person

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before this Court on 26.07.2017. She had affirmed the factum of settlement,

pursuant to which the parties were directed to appear before the learned Area

Magistrate for recording of their statements in respect to the compromise.

It is informed by learned counsel for the petitioner that petition

under Section 13B of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 filed by the petitioner and

respondent No.2 has since been allowed on 28.11.2017. The entire settled

amount has been handed over to respondent No.2.

Learned counsel for the State submits that as the abovesaid FIR

arises out of a matrimonial dispute, the State has no objection to the quashing of

the FIR in question as well as all consequential proceedings on the basis of a

settlement arrived at between the parties.

In Kulwinder Singh and others versus State of Punjab and

another 2007 (3) R.C.R. (Criminal) 1052, a five member Bench of this Court

has observed as under:-

“The compromise, in a modern society, is the sine qua non of
harmony and orderly behaviour. It is the soul of justice and if the
power under Section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code is used to
enhance such a compromise which, in turn, enhances the social
amity and reduces friction, then it truly is “finest hour of justice”.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in B.S.Joshi and others v. State of

Haryana, 2003(4) SCC 675 has observed that it becomes the duty of the Court

to encourage genuine settlements of matrimonial disputes.

Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of this case, it would

be in the interest of justice to quash the abovesaid FIR as no useful purpose

would be served by continuance of the present proceedings. It will merely lead

to wastage of precious time of the court and would be an exercise in futility.

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This petition is, thus, allowed and FIR No.190 dated 26.09.2016

under Sections 498A/406 IPC registered at Police Station Tanda, District

Hoshiarpur alongwith all consequential proceedings are, hereby, quashed.

November 30 , 2017. JUDGE

Whether speaking/reasoned: Yes/No
Whether reportable: Yes/No

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