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Shashank Gupta vs State & Anr on 12 April, 2018

HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE FOR RAJASTHAN AT
JODHPUR
S.B. Criminal Misc(Pet.) No. 703 / 2018

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—-Petitioner
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—-Respondents
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For Petitioner : Mr. Abdul Latif
For Respondent No.1 : Mr. M.S. Panwar, Public Prosecutor
For Respondent No.2 : Mr. D.S. Baghela
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HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE VIJAY BISHNOI
Judgment / Order
12/04/2018

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 Additional

Chief Judicial Magistrate (PCPNDT Act Cases), Jodhpur

Metropolitan (hereinafter to be referred as ‘the trial court’) in

Criminal Case No.22/2016 (State Vs. Shashank Gupta), whereby

the trial court vide order dated 03.02.2018 has attested the

compromise for the offence punishable under Section 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 on a complaint lodged at the

instance of respondent No.2 against the petitioner, the police,
(2 of 5)
[CRLMP-703/2018]

after thorough investigation filed charge sheet against the

petitioner for offences punishable under Sections 406 and 498-A

IPC in the trial Court wherein the trial is pending against the

petitioner for the aforesaid offence. 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 trial court

vide order dated 03.02.2018 allowed the parties to compound the

offence punishable under Section 406 IPC, however, rejected the

application so far as it relates to compounding the offence

punishable under Section 498-A IPC.

The present criminal misc. petition has been preferred by the

petitioner for quashing the said proceedings against him.

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 IPC,

there is no possibility of conviction of the petitioner for the offence

punishable under Section 498-A IPC. It is also contended by

learned counsel for the petitioner that the parties have decided to

live separately by mutual consent and in this regard an application

under Section 13-B of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 is already

filed by mutual consent and the same is pending adjudication

before the Family Court, Jodhpur. 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 IPC
(3 of 5)
[CRLMP-703/2018]

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

decided to live separately and the respondent No.2 does not want

to press the charges levelled against the petitioner in relation to

offence punishable under Section 498-A IPC.

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 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.

(4 of 5)
[CRLMP-703/2018]

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 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.”

Having considered the facts and circumstances of the case

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

have decided to live separately and in pursuance of that
(5 of 5)
[CRLMP-703/2018]

appropriate proceedings are also pending before the Family Court,

Jodhpur, 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 petitioner 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

Special Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (PCPNDT Act Cases),

Jodhpur Metropolitan in Criminal Case No.22/2016 (State Vs.

Shashank Gupta) are hereby quashed.

(VIJAY BISHNOI)J.

Abhishek Kumar
S.No.165

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