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Rajuram vs State & Anr on 13 March, 2018

HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE FOR RAJASTHAN AT
JODHPUR
S.B. Criminal Misc(Pet.) No. 815 / 2018
Rajuram S/o Shri Shrawanji Rao, By Caste- Rao, Resident of
Ramdev Colony, Chandpole, Jodhpur (Raj.).

—-Petitioner
Versus

1. The State of Rajasthan

2. Dimple W/o Shri Rajuram D/o Shri Sonaram, Aged About 26
Years, By Caste- Rao, Resident of Silawaton Ki Basni, Boranada,
Jodhpur (Raj.)

—-Respondents
__
For Petitioner(s) : Mr. R.N. Choudhary
For Respondent(s) : Mr. V.S. Rajpurohit, PP
Mr. Abdul Rahim, for the respondent No.2.
__
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE VIJAY BISHNOI
Judgment / Order
13/03/2018

This criminal misc. petition under Section 482 Cr.P.C. has

been preferred by the petitioner with the prayer for quashing the

proceedings pending against him before the Special Addl. Chief

Judicial Magistrate (PCPNDT Act Cases), Jodhpur Metro

(hereinafter referred to as ‘the trial court’) in Criminal Case

No.141/2014, wherein, the trial court vide order dated 24.1.2018

has attested the compromise for the offences punishable under

Sections 406 IPC but refused to attest the compromise for the

offence punishable under Section 498-A IPC as the same is not

compoundable.

Brief facts of the case are that the respondent No.2 lodged

an FIR bearing No.117/2014 against the petitioner. After
(2 of 6)

investigation, the police filed charge sheet against the petitioner

for offences under Sections 406 and 498A I.P.C. in the Court of

Special Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (PCPNDT Act Cases),

Jodhpur, wherein the trial is pending against the petitioner. During

the pendency of the trial, an application was preferred on behalf of

the petitioner as well as the respondent No.2 while stating that

both the parties have entered into compromise and, therefore, the

proceedings pending against the petitioner may be terminated.

The learned trial court vide order dated 24.1.2018 allowed the

parties to compound the offence under Section 406 I.P.C.,

however, rejected the application so far as it relates to

compounding the offence under Section 498-A I.P.C.

The present criminal misc. petition has been preferred by the

petitioner for quashing the said proceedings against him.

The learned counsel for the petitioner has argued that as the

complainant-respondent No.2 and the petitioner have already

entered into compromise and on the basis of it, the petitioner has

been acquitted for the offence punishable under Section 406

I.P.C., there is no possibility of conviction of the petitioner for the

offence punishable under Section 498-A I.P.C. It is also argued

that no useful purpose would be served by continuing the trial

against the petitioner for the offence punishable under Section

498-A I.P.C. because the same may derail the compromise arrived

at between the parties.

The learned counsel for the respondent No.2 has admitted

that the parties have already entered into compromise and the

respondent No.2 does not want to press the charges levelled
(3 of 6)

against the petitioner in relation to offence punishable under

Section 498-A I.P.C.

The Hon’ble Apex Court while answering a reference in the

case of Gian Singh Vs. State of Punjab Anr. reported in JT

2012(9) SC – 426 has held as below:-

“57. The position that emerges from
the above discussion can be
summarised thus: the power of
the High Court in quashing a
criminal proceeding or FIR or
complaint in exercise of its
inherent jurisdiction is distinct
and different from the power
given to a criminal court for
compounding the offences under
Section 320 of the Code.

Inherent power is of wide
plenitude with no statutory
limitation but it has to be
exercised in accord with the
guideline engrafted in such

power viz; (i) to secure the ends
of justice or (ii) to prevent abuse
of the process of any Court. In
what cases power to quash the
criminal proceeding or complaint
or F.I.R may be exercised where
the offender and victim have
settled their dispute would
depend on the facts and
circumstances of each case and
no category can be prescribed.

However, before exercise of such
power, the High Court must have
(4 of 6)

due regard to the nature and
gravity of the crime. Heinous
and serious offences of mental
depravity or offences like
murder, rape, dacoity, etc.
cannot be fittingly quashed even
though the victim or victim’s
family and the offender have
settled the dispute. Such
offences are not private in
nature and have serious impact
on society. Similarly, any
compromise between the victim
and offender in relation to the
offences under special statutes
like Prevention of Corruption Act
or the offences committed by
public servants while working in
that capacity etc; cannot provide
for any basis for quashing
criminal proceedings involving
such offences. But the criminal
cases having overwhelmingly
and pre-dominatingly civil
flavour stand on different footing
for the purposes of quashing,
particularly the offences arising
from commercial, financial,
mercantile, civil, partnership or
such like transactions or the
offences arising out of
matrimony relating to dowry,
etc. or the family disputes where
the wrong is basically private or
personal in nature and the
parties have resolved their entire
(5 of 6)

dispute. In this category of
cases, High Court may quash
criminal proceedings if in its
view, because of the
compromise between the
offender and victim, the
possibility of conviction is
remote and bleak and
continuation of criminal case
would put accused to great
oppression and prejudice and
extreme injustice would be
caused to him by not quashing
the criminal case despite full and
complete settlement and
compromise with the victim. In
other words, the High Court
must consider whether it would
be unfair or contrary to the
interest of justice to continue
with the criminal proceeding or
continuation of the criminal
proceeding would tantamount to
abuse of process of law despite
settlement and compromise
between the victim and
wrongdoer and whether to
secure the ends of justice, it is
appropriate that criminal case is
put to an end and if the answer
to the above question(s) is in
affirmative, the High Court shall
be well within its jurisdiction to
quash the criminal proceeding.”

(6 of 6)

Having considered the facts and circumstances of the case

and looking to the fact that the petitioner and respondent no.2

have entered into compromise, there is no possibility of accused-

petitioner being convicted in the case pending against him. When

once the matrimonial disputes have been settled by the mutual

compromise, then no useful purpose would be served by keeping

the criminal proceedings pending.

Keeping in view the observations made by the Hon’ble

Supreme Court in Gian Singh’s case (supra), this Court is of the

opinion that it is a fit case, wherein the criminal proceedings

pending against the petitioners can be quashed while exercising

powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C.

Accordingly, this criminal misc. petition is allowed and the

criminal proceedings pending against the petitioner before the

learned Special Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (PCPNDT Act

Cases), Jodhpur Metro in Criminal Regular Case No.141/2014 for

the offence under Section 498-A IPC are hereby quashed.

(VIJAY BISHNOI)J.

Ms rathore

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