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Reena Murli Jethmalani vs Renu Moti Lalla on 6 March, 2020

CRL.P.NO.7744/2019
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IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA AT BENGALURU

DATED THIS THE 6TH DAY OF MARCH, 2020

BEFORE

THE HON’BLE MRS. JUSTICE K.S.MUDAGAL

CRIMINAL PETITION NO.7744 OF 2019

BETWEEN:

REENA MURLI JETHMALANI
AGE 32 YEARS
W/O MR.MANOJ MOTI LALLA
APARTMENT-A 004
SALARPURIA SILVER WOODS
BLOCK 15, VARTHUR ROAD
C.V. RAMAN NAGAR
BENGALURU-560 093

PRESENT ADDRESS:

C/O. MR.MURLI JETHMALANI
C-32, SHANTI KUNJ SOCIETY
OPP. G.P.O., SADHU VASWANI ROAD
PUNE-411 001 … PETITIONER

(BY SMT. ANITA ABRAHAM, ADV.)

AND

RENU MOTI LALLA
AGED 74 YEARS
W/O LATE SRI MOTI SAHIBRAI LALLA
ADD: APARTMENT-A 004
SALARPURIA SILVER WOODS
BLOCK-15, VARTHUR ROAD
NAGAVARAPALYA
C.V. RAMAN NAGAR
BENGALURU-560 093
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PRESENT ADDRESS:

1. R/A. TRISTAR SERVICE APARTMENT
NO.1216, DOOPANAHALLI
100 FT ROAD, HAL 2ND STAGE
INDIRANAGAR
BENGALURU-560 038

2. C/O. MANOJ LALLA
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
NO.66/3, BAGMANE TECH PARK
OPP. LRDE POST
BYRASANDRA
C.V. RAMAN NAGAR
BENGALURU-560 093 … RESPONDENT

(BY SMT. SHOBHA BHAVIKATTI, ADV.)

THIS CRIMINAL PETITION IS FILED UNDER SECTION 482
OF CR.P.C PRAYING TO QUASH THE COMPLAINT FILED BY THE
RESPONDENT UNDER SECTION 12 OF PROTECTION OF
WOMEN FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT, 2005 BEARING
CRIMINAL MISC. NO.159/2017, PENDING IN THE COURT OF
THE LEARNED METROPOLITAN MAGISTRATE AND TRAFFIC
COURT-I MAYO HALL BENGALURU PRODUCED HEREIN AS
ANNEXURE-A AND ALL CONSEQUENT PROCEEDINGS THERETO
AND ETC.

THIS CRIMINAL PETITION COMING ON FOR ADMISSION
THIS DAY, THE COURT MADE THE FOLLOWING:

ORDER

“Whether the proceedings in Crl.Misc.No.159/2017

on the file of MMTC-I, Bengaluru against the petitioner

are the abuse of the process of the Court?” is the

question involved in this case.

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2. Respondent is mother-in-law of the

petitioner. The marriage of the petitioner and

respondent’s son Manoj Lalla was solemnized on

24.12.2015. Thereafter, the petitioner and her husband

stayed in USA for some time. Respondent also joined

them in April, 2016. The relationship between the

parties have become sour.

3. Respondent filed Crl.Misc.No.159/2017

against the petitioner under Section 12 of the Protection

of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (for short

‘D.V.Act”) before the Trial Court alleging that the

petitioner has subjected her to domestic violence and

sought protection order from mental and physical abuse

by the petitioner.

4. The petitioner also filed a complaint in

P.C.R.3873/2018 before J.M.F.C., Pune, against

respondent and her son alleging the commission of the

offences under Section 498A etc.
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5. Petitioner’s husband has filed

M.C.No.1681/2018 before the Family Court, Bengaluru

against the petitioner seeking dissolution of marriage on

the ground of cruelty. The petitioner also filed a petition

before the Women’s Cell, Office of the Commissioner of

Police, Pune on 19.03.2018.

6. Smt. Anita Abraham, learned counsel for the

petitioner submits that all the allegations made in the

petition under Section 12 of the D.V.Act before the Trial

Court are false and respondent herself was her

tormentor. She further submits that under such

circumstances, if the petitioner is directed to face the

impugned proceedings that amounts to abuse of the

process of the Court.

7. Per contra, Smt.Shobha Bhavikatti, learned

counsel for the respondent submits that the petitioner

herself was the aggressor. She further submits that all

other complaints and domestic violence case filed by the
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petitioner were filed subsequent to the impugned

proceedings as a counter blast. She further submits

that before the Trial Court respondent is already

examined as PW-1 and without cross-examining her the

matter is being dodged.

8. It is settled position of law and powers under

Section 482 of Cr.P.C. shall be sparingly used to quash

the proceedings before the Trial Court. Proceedings can

be quashed only if it is shown that they are the abuse of

the process of the Court or continuation of the

proceedings amounts to failure of justice.

9. It is material to note that only on the

mother-in-law filing the domestic violence case in

Crl.Misc.No.159/2017 the petitioner has filed several

civil and criminal cases before several forums in Pune.

It is not disputed that the petitioner filed a petition

before the Supreme Court seeking transfer of

matrimonial case filed by husband before the family
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Court, Bengaluru and that petition came to be

dismissed.

10. There are certain specific allegations against

the petitioner in the petition. If those allegations are not

true, it is open to the petitioner to cross-examine PW-1

and impeach her case. It is also open to her to lead her

own evidence to demonstrate that the domestic violence

alleged against her is false.

This Court does not find it a fit case for admission.

Therefore, the petition is dismissed.

At this stage, learned counsel for the petitioner

submits that the petitioner is ready to go for mediation.

It is open to her to seek such process before the Trial

Court.

In view of dismissal of the petition, I.A.No.1/2019

stood disposed of.

Sd/-

JUDGE
KG

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