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Nayan Prasad vs The State Of Bihar on 20 July, 2018





Nayan Prasad  Ors. … Appellant(s)


State of Bihar  Anr.       … Respondent(s)


Abhay Manohar Sapre, J.

1. This appeal is filed by the appellants(accused)

against   the   final   judgment   and   order   dated

23.11.2006 passed by the High Court of Judicature

at   Patna   in   Criminal   Misc.   No.   39874   of   2004

whereby  the   High  Court dismissed the application

filed by the appellants herein under Section 482 of

Signature Not Verified the   Code   of   Criminal   Procedure,   1973   (hereinafter
Digitally signed by
Date: 2018.07.20
17:01:12 IST
Reason: referred   to   as   “the   Code”)   for   quashing   the   order

dated   07.12.2004   passed   by   the   Judicial

Magistrate,   1st  Class,   Motihari   in   Complaint   Case

No.1864(C) of 2001 corresponding to Trial No.987 of

2004   whereby   he   refused   to   discharge   the

appellants   and   posted   the   case   for   framing   of


2. It may not be necessary to set out the facts in

detail except to the extent necessary for the disposal

of the appeal.

3. Respondent   No.   2­wife   of   one   Rameshwar

Prasad   (since   dead)   filed   a   criminal   complaint

(Annexure­P­1)   in   the   Court   of   Chief   Judicial

Magistrate,  Motihari (Bihar) against the appellants

herein for commission of offences punishable under

Sections 498A, 323, 406, 379 and 504 of the Indian

Penal   Code,   1860   (hereinafter   referred   to   as   “the

IPC”).     It   was   then   transferred   to   the   Judicial

Magistrate,   First   Class   Motihari,   who   took

cognizance of the offences and issued summons to

the   appellants   herein,   who   are   in­laws   of

respondent No. 2(Complainant).  

4. The appellants, on being served, filed a petition

under Section 245 of the Code and prayed for their

discharge.   This   petition   was   rejected   by   the

Magistrate   by   order   dated   07.12.2004.   The

appellants   felt   aggrieved   and   filed   an   application

under   Section   482   of   the   Code   before   the   High

Court   at   Patna   and   sought   quashing   of   the   main

complaint   itself   on   several   grounds   including   the

ground that the Court concerned has no territorial

jurisdiction   to   entertain   the   complaint   and   the

appropriate   Court   to   decide   the   complaint   is   the

Court at Gopalganj District. 

5. By impugned order, the High Court dismissed

the application filed by the appellants herein, which

has given rise to file this appeal by way of special

leave before this Court.


6.   Having   heard   the   learned   counsel   for   the

parties and on perusal of the record of the case, we

find no merit in the appeal.

7. In   our   opinion,   both   the   Courts   below   were

justified in dismissing the appellants’ petition filed

under Section 245 of the Code and the application

filed under Section 482 of the Code.  We also do not

find any good ground to interfere in the impugned

order.   It   is   really   unfortunate   that   the   complaint

filed in the year 2001 by respondent No. 2 (wife) is

not   yet   decided   on   merits   and   has   remained

pending for such a long time on a technical plea. 

8. The remedy of the appellants is to contest the

complaint filed by respondent No. 2 on merits. It is

then for the Magistrate to decide the complaint on

merits after recording the evidence of the parties in

accordance with law. 


9. We,   however,   refrain   from   making   any

observation on merits because we have directed the

Magistrate to decide the complaint on merits. 

10. In view of the foregoing discussion, the appeal

fails and is accordingly dismissed. 

11. Let the complaint be decided by the concerned

Magistrate within six months from the date of this


12. A   copy   of   the   order   be   sent   forthwith   to   the

concerned   Magistrate   by   the   Registry   for





New Delhi,
July 20, 2018     


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