IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT PATNA
Criminal Miscellaneous No.41506 of 2014
Arising Out of PS.Case No. -1483 Year- 2012 Thana -PATNA COMPLAINT CASE District-
1. Rakesh Srivastava @ Ritesh Shrivastava Son of Shri Nag Narayan Shrivastava.
2. Nag Narayan Shrivastava Son of Late Thakur Prasad Shrivastava.
3. Smt. Chandrawati Devi W/o Shri Nag Narayan Shrivastava.
4. Uma Shankar Shrivastava S/o Shri Nag Narayan Shrivastava.
5. Sanjay Shrivastava S/o Shri Nag Narayan Shrivastava.
6. Munna Shrivastava S/o Shri Nag Narayan Shrivastava.
7. Pamila Devi W/o late Maha Shankar Shrivastava,
8. Anita Shrivastava W/o Shri Papu Shrivastava
All are Resident of Village-Mathiya, P.S.-Chhatauni, District-Motihari, East
…. …. Petitioner/s
1. The State of Bihar
2. Smt. Punita Shrivastava W/o Shri Rakesh Shrivastava @ Ritesh, Resident of
Village-Mathiya Dih, P.S.-Chhatauni, P.O.-Motihari, District-East Champaran at
present residing in the mohalla-Bindeshwari Nagar, Patliputra Colony, Polytechnic
More, P.O.+P.S.-Patliputra, District-Patna.
…. …. Opposite Party/s
For the Petitioner/s : Mr. Shri Prakash Srivastava, Adv.
Miss Anu Priyadarshni, Adv.
For the Opposite Party no.1 : Mr. Nagendra Prasad, APP
CORAM: HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE RAJEEV RANJAN PRASAD
Heard learned counsel for the petitioners and learned
APP for the State. Although the opposite party no.2 has entered
appearance and the name of the learned counsel representing the
opposite party no.2 is appearing on the daily cause list, but she has not
appeared to oppose the present application.
The petitioners are seeking quashing of the order dated
24.09.2012 passed in Complaint Case No.1483(C) of 2012 by the
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learned S.D.J.M., Patna who has taken cognizance of the offences
under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 4 of
the Dowry Prohibition Act and decided to issue summons against the
The grievance of the learned counsel representing the
petitioners is that by filing a malicious kind of prosecution the
complainant-opposite party no.2 has falsely implicated the entire
family of the husband. Learned counsel points out that during the
pendency of the present application, the petitioner no.2 Nag Narayan
Shrivastava, who was an old man and happened to be the father-in-
law of the complainant, has already died. He would further submit
that the petitioner no.3 is the mother-in-law, petitioner no.4 is the
elder brother of the husband (petitioner no.1) and petitioner nos.5 and
6 are younger brothers of the husband, petitioner no.7 is the widow of
one of the elder brothers of the husband and the petitioner no.8 is the
married sister of the husband of the complainant. Marriage of the
complainant was solemnized with petitioner no.1 in the year 2009, but
because of some matrimonial discord the complainant-opposite party
no.2 was not staying with her husband who is working at Ghaziabad
in the State of U.P. The complainant -opposite party no.2 lodged the
present complaint implicating the entire family members only because
they happen to be the kith and kin of the husband. Submission of the
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learned counsel is that a bare perusal of the complaint petition would
show that there is a general and omnibus allegation of demand of a
sum of Rs.50,000/- and one motorcycle for which allegedly the
complainant was abused and not given food by all the accused
Learned counsel submits that this Court can take
judicial notice of the fact that implication is that of the old age
mother-in-law of the complainant and the elder and younger brothers,
married sister and widow of the elder brother of the husband of the
complainant who are separate in mess and business and are even
residing separately at their own working place. In paragraph 6 of the
petition it is specifically stated about places where the petitioner nos.2
to 8 are residing (now petitioner no.2 is dead).
Although the opposite party no.2 has entered
appearance, but the statements made in the petition regarding
petitioner nos.2 to 8, their status and place of residence separately
have not been denied. These are the uncontroverted statements which
the Court can rely upon.
This Court has perused the complaint petition and the
deposition of the witnesses which are available on the record. A
perusal of the complaint gives an impression to this Court that the
allegations against all the family members are superfluous in nature
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and ornamental allegations only stating vaguely the allegations of
abuse and torture etc. The allegations are not even substantiated from
any corroborative materials in course of enquiry. Considering the
nature of relationship of the petitioner nos. 3 to 8, this Court is of the
view that their prosecution because of the matrimonial discord
between the petitioner no.1 and his wife (opposite party no.2) is only
an abuse of the process of the Court. This Court is of the view that the
petitioner nos.3 to 8 who are brothers, mother, widow of the elder
brothers and married sister of petitioner no.1 would only be harassed
if the prosecution is allowed to continue against them. Therefore, it
would be in the interest of justice to quash the order taking
cognizance and issuance of summons so far as it relates to the
petitioner nos.3 to 8 in the present case. The order issuing summons
against the petitioner no.1 is not interfered with and the application is
allowed only in respect of petitioner nos.3 to 8. The order taking
cognizance stands quashed in their respect.
The application is allowed to the extent indicated
(Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, J)
Uploading Date 10.10.2017