IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
Date of decision:13.02.2019.
SANDEEP KUMAR KIYAT ORS. … Petitioners
STATE OF PUNJAB ANR. …. Respondents
CORAM: HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE HARI PAL VERMA
Present: Mr. Mahir Sood, Advocate,
for the petitioners.
Mr. Jagmohan Ghumman, DAG, Punjab,
for respondent No.1.
Ms. Arti Kaur, Advocate,
for respondent No.2.
HARI PAL VERMA, J.(Oral)
Prayer in this petition filed under Section 482 Cr.P.C. is for
quashing of F.I.R. No.33 dated 13.05.2017 registered under Section 498-A,
P-1) and all subsequent proceedings arising therefrom on the basis of
compromise dated 16.08.2018 (Annexure P-2).
This Court vide order dated 25.10.2018 had directed the parties
to appear before the trial Court/Illaqa Magistrate to get their statements
recorded and the learned Magistrate was directed to send its report qua the
genuineness of the compromise.
Pursuant to the aforesaid order, parties have appeared before
learned Judicial Magistrate Ist Class, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and got
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their statements recorded. On the basis of the statements so recorded,
learned Magistrate has submitted report dated 18.12.2018 to the effect that
the compromise has been effected between the parties voluntarily, without
any inducement, coercion or pressure.
Respondent No.2-complainant, namely, Gurdeep Kaur has
made her statement with regard to compromise before learned Magistrate on
01.11.2018. The same is reproduced as under:-
“I am complainant in the present case bearing FIR
No.33 dated 13.05.2017, u/s 406/498A IPC, PS Sadar Banga. I
have compromised the matter with my own free will and
without any undue influence and coercion. I have willingly
entered into compromise with the petitioners/accused. I admit
the original compromise deed Annexure “A” to be correct and
binding which bears my signature. Copy of my aadhar card is
annexure “B”. I have already filed petition u/s 13 B of Hindu
Marriage Act in the learned Family Court, SBS Nagar which is
pending for 18.02.2019 for final statement. As per the terms of
the compromise, I have received Rs.150000/- through DD
No.962805 dated 31.10.2018 drawn upon PNB, Phagwara,
copy of which is annexure is “C”. I have also received my
entire gold articles from the petitioners/accused and now,
nothing is due from them except Rs.175000/- which shall be
received by me on second motion of petition u/s 13-B of HMA
on 18.02.2019. Accordingly, I have no objection if the FIR
against the petitioners/accused namely Anil Kumar, Sandeep
Kumar Kayat and Kunti Devi in present case is quashed.”
Learned State counsel as well as learned counsel for respondent
No.2 have not disputed the factum of compromise between the parties.
In view of the above, no useful purpose would be served to
continue with the proceedings before the trial Court in the instant FIR.
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Hon’ble Supreme Court in Gold Quest International Private
Limited Versus State of Tamil Nadu and others-2014 (4) RCR (Criminal)
206 has held that the disputes which are substantially matrimonial in nature,
or the civil property disputes with criminal facets, if the parties have entered
into settlement, and it has become clear that there are no chances of
conviction, there is no illegality in quashing the proceedings under Section
482 Cr.P.C. read with Article 226 of the Constitution.
Thus, following the principles laid down by the Full Bench
judgment of this Court in Kulwinder Singh and others Versus State of
Punjab and another 2007 (3) RCR (Criminal) 1052 and approved by the
Hon’ble Supreme Court in Gian Singh Versus State of Punjab and others
(2012) 10 SCC 303 as also in the light of Gold Quest International Private
Limited’s case (supra), this petition is allowed and F.I.R. No.33 dated
Sadar Banga, District S.B.S. Nagar (Annexure P-1) and all subsequent
proceedings arising therefrom are quashed qua the petitioners on the basis
of compromise dated 16.08.2018 (Annexure P-2), however, that would be
subject to payment of costs of Rs.10,000/- to be paid to the High Court
Lawyers Welfare Fund and a receipt thereof shall be produced in the
Registry within 15 days.
(HARI PAL VERMA)
February 13, 2019 JUDGE
Whether speaking/reasoned?Yes/NoWhether reportable?Yes/No
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