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Narendra Narsinhlal Shah vs State Of Gujarat on 22 February, 2018

R/CR.MA/7067/2011 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR QUASHING SET ASIDE
FIR/ORDER) NO. 7067 of 2011

NARENDRA NARSINHLAL SHAH 1….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT 1….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR UMESH A TRIVEDI, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1 – 2
MR TUSHAR CHAUDHARY, ADVOCATE for the Respondent(s) No. 2
MR RAKESH PATEL, APP for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 22/02/2018

ORAL ORDER

1 By   this   application   under   Section   482   of   the   Code   of   Criminal 
Procedure, 1973, the applicants – original accused Nos.2 and 3 seek to 
invoke the inherent powers of this Court, praying for quashing of the 
proceedings of the Criminal Case No.3011 of 2011 pending in the Court 
of  the  Chief  Judicial  Magistrate, Ahmedabad  (Rural) arising from  the 
First Information Report being C.R. No.I­81 of 2011 registered with the 
Satellite   Police   Station,   Ahmedabad   for   the   offence   punishable   under 
Sections   498A  and  323   read  with   114   of   the  Indian  Penal   Code   and 
Sections 3 and 7 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.

2 It appears from the materials on record that the respondent No.2 
got married with one Chirag Narendrabhai Shah in the year 1998. In the 
wedlock, a son named ‘Dev’ was born. ‘Dev’, as on date, appears to be 15 

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years of age. It appears that matrimonial disputes cropped up between 
the husband and wife, which, ultimately, led to the filing of the First 
Information Report referred to above. The applicant No.1 herein is the 
father­in­law and the applicant No.2 is the married sister­in­law of the 
respondent   No.2.   The   husband   is   not   before   this   Court.   The   First 
Information   Report   lodged   by   the   respondent   No.2   is   extracted 
hereunder:

“Date: 9/2/2011

My   name   is   Hiralben   by   caste   Shah,   Age   35   years,   Occu:  
Housewife,   residing   at   B/2/2013,   Green   Acre,   Prahladnagar,   Satellite,  
Ahmedabad. Mob No.9879010081.

On   being   personally   asked,   I   declare   and   dictate   facts   of   my  
complainant that I reside at the aforesaid address with my son Dev, age 8  
years   since   2nd  July,   2010.   My   husband   is   residing   with   his   mother  
Daxaben and father Narendrabhai at Shaym Bungalow, Nr. Poga Nursery,  
Nr.  Shyamal  Cross  Road,  Satellite,  Ahmedabad.  My mother  Shariyuben  
and  father  Dineshbhai  Joshi are residing  at Tirupati  Bungalow,  Behind  
Dharti Resort, Palanpur.

My   marriage   was   solemnized   with   Chirag   in   the   year   1998   in  
Revera   Hotel.   After   our   love   affair,   our   marriage   was   solemnized   in  
presence of the people of society and as per the customs of the society. After  
marriage,   I   started   living   at   my   in­laws’   house   with   my   husband   and  
parents­in­law.  I have  two sisters­in­law.  Both my sister­in­law Alpaben  
wife of Sanjay Alok and younger sister­in­law Ulupi wife of Niraj Parikh  
are residing with their in­laws. 

After   marriage,   my   husband   and   father­in­law   were   frequently  
taunting   me   regarding   household   work   and   my   husband   used   to   get  

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instigated on me on petty issues and he was beating me. My sister­in­law  
Ulupi   wife   of   Nirajbhai   Parikh   residing   at   Rivera   Elegance,   Satellite,  
Ahmedabad   was   frequently   visiting   my   in­law’s   house   and   she   was  
instigating my husband and father­in­law and she was also taunting for  
dowry.  On being  instigated  by her, my husband  used to beat me. After  
about one year of the marriage, one day my father­in­law made indecent  
demand before me. But I did not tell my husband about this. Because, this  
may cause quarrel in the house. Before about eight months, when I told  
my husband about the aforesaid demand made by my father­in­law, my  
husband got instigated and I was driven out of the house and thereafter, a  
flat was hired for me in Green Acre, Opposite Prahladnagar Pond. My son  
and I both are residing in this flat. My husband visits this flat frequently  
and he also beats me. Today, at about 5­30 hrs in evening, my husband  
came to my flat to take my son Dev and he was taking my son to make  
him meet my parents­in­law. But as my son denied to go, he slapped him.  
Therefore, my son started crying. I also started stopping him and therefore  
he left. Therefore, as my husband, father­in0law and sister­in­law Ulupi  
are harassing  me mentally and  physically and  as they are taunting  me  
regarding dowry and as my son has been also slapped today, here is my  
complaint   to  take  legal   actions.   My  witnesses  are those  who   are  found  
during the investigation.

This much fact of mine is true and correct as dictated by me. I have  
received a copy of the complaint.”

3 On   conclusion   of   the   investigation,   the   police   filed   chargesheet 
and the filing of the chargesheet culminated in the criminal case referred 
to above. 

4 Over   a   period   of   time,   the   respondent   No.2   and   her   husband 
thought fit to arrive at an amicable settlement. The settlement has been 

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arrived at and has been reduced into writing duly signed by the parties 
and notarized. Broadly, the understanding between the parties is that 
the husband will be transferring the flat in which the wife is residing as 
on date with son ‘Dev’ in the name of his wife in the month of April 
2018. The husband is paying Rs.5 Crore to the wife and Rs.5 Crore to 
the son. In all, Rs.10 Crore is to be paid by the husband towards full and 
final settlement. The understanding further is that in the month of April 
2018 i.e. after the flat is transferred in the name of wife, the husband 
and wife will be filing an application under Section 13B(1) of the Hindu 
Marriage   Act   before   the   Family   Court   concerned   for   dissolution   of 
marriage  with  mutual  consent.  The  undertaking  filed  by  the  husband 
duly notarized and on oath is ordered to be taken on record. 

5 The husband namely  Chirag Narendrabhai Shah  is present in the 
Court today. The respondent No.2 namely  Hiralben Chiragbhai Shah  is 
also present in the Court today. The respondent No.2 makes a statement 
that   as   settlement   has   been   arrived   at,   she   has   no   objection   if   the 
proceedings of the criminal case against the two applicants herein are 
quashed. The respondent No.2 made herself very clear that so far as the 
husband   is   concerned,   she   would   give   consent   for   quashing   of   the 
criminal   proceedings   once   the   flat   is   transferred   in   her   name,   the 
marriage is dissolved and the payment of Rs.5 Crore is paid to her. The 
husband made himself very clear that he would try to make the payment 
of Rs.5 Crore by the end of July 2018. 

6 It shall be thereafter open for the husband to come before this 
Court with a prayer to quash the criminal proceedings against him. If 
everything has gone fine by that period of time, then the  respondent 
No.2 shall remain present before this Court and give her consent. 

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7 In view of the above, this application is allowed. The proceedings 

of the  Criminal Case No.3011 of 2011 pending in the Court of the Chief 
Judicial   Magistrate,   Ahmedabad   (Rural)   arising   from   the   First 
Information   Report   being   C.R.   No.I­81   of   2011   registered   with   the 
Satellite Police Station, Ahmedabad are hereby quashed so far as the two 
applicants herein are concerned. Rule is made absolute. Direct service is 
permitted.

(J.B.PARDIWALA, J.)
chandresh

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