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State (Nct Of Delhi) vs Jitender Sharma on 29 April, 2019

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IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI

Judgment Reserved On: 11.03.2019
Judgment Delivered On: 29.04.2019

CRL.L.P 589/2018

STATE (NCT OF DELHI) …… Petitioner

versus

JITENDER SHARMA …… Respondent

Advocates who appeared in this case:
For the Petitioner : Mr. Ravi Nayak, APP with SI Sandeep, PS- Begumpur, Inspector
Suman Kumari, Community Policing Cell, Outer District
For the Respondent : Mr. Manu Sharma, Ms. Mahima Wahi and Mr. Kartik Khanna,
Advocates

CORAM:
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SIDDHARTH MRIDUL
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE MANOJ KUMAR OHRI

JUDGMENT

SIDDHARTH MRIDUL, J.

1. There can be no manner of doubt that a conviction for committing

penetrative sexual assault can be sustained on the sole testimony of the

prosecutrix. [Ref: State (GNCT Of Delhi) vs. Vicky @ Karan Anr.

reported as 2019 (1) JCC 322; State (GNCT Of Delhi) vs. Kuldeep @ Kallu

CRL.L.P.589/2018 Page 1 of 12
Anr. reported as 2019 (1) JCC 298 (Del); Boby vs. State, Crl.A

1119/2014; Vishnu (alias) Undrya vs. State of Maharashtra reported as

(2006) 1 SCC 283; State of M.P vs. Dayal Sahu, reported as (2005) 8 SCC

122)]. However, it is equally well established that, the testimony of the

prosecutrix must be creditworthy and inspire confidence.

2. The State has instituted the present petition seeking grant of leave to

assail the judgment dated 30.05.2018, in Session Case No.21/2013, arising

out of FIR No.19/2013 (hereinafter referred to as the ‘subject FIR’) under

Sectionsections 376 Indian Penal Code, 1860, read with Sectionsections 04 of Protection of

Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (for short ‘POCSO’) registered at

Police Station-Begumpur, Delhi; whereby the respondent Jitender Sharma

was acquitted of the aforementioned charges.

3. The gravamen of the charge, for which the appellant has been

convicted, is for having committed rape upon his own daughter/the

prosecutrix, a girl aged about 13 years, at the time of commission of the

offence.

4. The facts of the case as borne out from the record are that on

17.01.2013 vide DD No.26A, on a PCR call was recorded regarding rape by

father with his daughter, aged 8 years at H.No B-1970, Kashmiri Block, Jain

Nagar, Delhi. SI Dinesh along with Ct. reached the house where the mother

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of the victim met and reported rape by her accused husband with two minor

daughters V aged 8 years and M aged 13 years. NGO was called and victims

were taken to SGM hospital where they were medically examined and the

complainant S gave her statement that she is a house wife and has four

daughters and a son and her husband runs a factory. On 11.01.2013, her

husband committed wrong act with daughter V after taking her to some other

room and also threatened her not to tell anything to anyone or else she will

be killed. On 13.01.2013 when she was cleaning the house, she found one

blood stained underwear of victim V under the bed. On inquiry, she told that

her father lifted her from the bed in the night and lied her on a sofa and gave

her some tablet after which she was feeling sleepy and then he inserted his

‘shushu wali jagah in her shushu wali jagah’ and when she was feeling pain

then her father again brought her back to the bed. She was conferring about

this incident with her family members and did not report the commission of

the offence to the police, but when her elder daughter M who was living

with her maternal grandmother came and informed that, her father

committed wrong act with her, as well, which the former did not disclose

because of fear, the complainant came to Police Station and lodged the FIR.

After medical examination of the victim M, her statement u/s 164 SectionCr.P.C.

was recorded. IO collected the date of birth proof of the victim and sent

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sample (cotton wool swab on a wooden stick of victim M ) to the Forensic

Science Laboratory (hereinafter referred to as ‘FSL’). The accused was

arrested in between and was medically examined and while awaiting FSL

result, the present chargesheet was filed.

5. By way of order dated 20.05.2013, a charge was framed against the

appellant for the commission of offences u/s 4 of POCSO Act read with u/s

376SectionIPC and u/s 328 SectionIPC along with Sectionsection 506 IPC to which the appellant

pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

6. In order to prove the charges against the accused, prosecution

examined as many as 15 witnesses, whereafter the statement of the accused

u/s 313 SectionCr.P.C was recorded, wherein he claimed himself to be innocent and

stated that he had been falsely implicated in the case by his wife, the mother

of the child victim M, due to matrimonial dispute. The Appellant chose to

examine three witness in his defence including himself.

7. There is no gainsaying the fact that, the star witness of the prosecution

is the victim M. The complainant PW-13 (mother of prosecutrix), it is

observed, subsequently turned hostile.

8. It would, therefore, be necessary and appropriate to extract the

victim’s testimony in extenso:

“Q. Beta batao kya hua tha ?

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Ans. Papa ne galat kaam kiya tha
Q. Kab kiya tha ?

Ans. Raat ko jab hum so rahe the .
Q. Kya galat kaam kiya tha ?

Ans. Papa ne apni toilet wali jagah meri toilet wali
jagah me dal di.

Q. Phir kya hua ?

Ans. Kuch nai.

Q. Apko kuch pareshani hui ?
Ans. Dard hua
Q. Apne kisi ko batay?

Ans. Nahi. Mummy ko baad me batay.
Q. Mummy ko tab kyu nahi bataya ?
Ans. Papa ne dhamkaya tha ki who hume jaan se mar
denge..

Q. Kisko mar denge?

Ans. Mujhe aur mummy ko.

Q. Kya papa ne pehle bhi kabhi aisa galat kaam apke
sath kiya tha ?

Ans. Kai bar
Q. Kya aap pehle bhi court me aaye the ?
Ans. Ha
Q. Kya tab bhi apne yeh sab bataya tha ?
Ans. Ha
[ At this stage, the witness has been shown her
statement u/s 164 SectionCr.P.C Ex-PW-2/B andafter
reading the same, she states that said statement was
given by her . she also identifies her singnatures at
point “A” thereupon. ]
XXXX By Sh. Ravi Kant Singh, Learned counsel for
accused.

Q. Aap Kashmiri colony se pehle kaha rehte the ?
Ans. Shastri nagar
Q. Aapko waha ka pura address pata hai ?
Ans. WZ-45, NimriVillage .
Q. Who ghar aapka apna tha?

Ans. Ha
Q.Woh ghar kyun bechna pada?
Ans. Pata nahi
Q.Aapko mummy jyada pyar karti hai yah papa ?
Ans . Mummy

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Q.Aap kiska kehna jyada mante ho papa ka yah
mummy ka?

And. Mummy
Q. kya apke mummy papa me jhgada hota tha ?
Ans. Kabhi kabhi hota tha
Q. Kisbaat par hota tha ?

Ans. Pata nahi
Q.Jab mummy papa ka jhagda hota tha toh kya who
kabhi police station bhi gaye the ?
Ans. Nahi
Q. Apke papa apke sath kab se galat kam kar rahe hai /
Ans. Pichle saal se (2012)
Q. Kya aap ko mummy ne kabhi koi dawai dil wayi
thi?

Ans. Jab bimar hote the tab dawai dil wati thi
Q.kya aapka kabhi operation hua hai ?
Ans. Ha, harniya ka
Q. kya Vanshika ka bhi harniya ka operation hua hai ?
Ans. Pata nahi
Q.Kya apne Vanshika ke paith par operation ka Nishan
dekha hai ?

Ans. Nahi
Q. Kya aap sab bhai behein school jate hai ?
Ans . Ha
Q.Apka school kitne baje shuru hota hai ?
Ans. Garmiyo me 7 baje sur sardiyo me 7:30 baje.
Q.School jane ke liye apko kaun tyar karta hai.
Mummy yah papa ?

Ans. Mein khud tayarhoti hu
Q.Aapke bhai behen ko kaun tayar kerta hai ?
Ans. Who bhi khud tayar hote hai.
Q.Savere ka khana kaun banata hai ?
Ans. Mummy
Q.Kya apko ghar ka kaam aata hai ?
Ans. Ha
Q. Kya kya kaam aata hai ?

Ans. Sab kaam aata hai, zaroo pocha bartan par kapde
nahi doti.

Q. Ghar ka kaam kaun kerta hai?
Ans. Mummy karti thi. Aap mummy bimar rehti hai
toh mere se choti behein maddad kerti hai.
Court Ques. Aap maddad nahi kerte ho ?

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Ans. Mein nani ke har rehti hu.
Court Ques. Aap nani ke ghar kab se reh rahe ho ?
Ans. August, 2012.

Court Ques. Toh papa galat kaam kab karte the ?
Ans. Uss se pehle( august, 2012 se pehle)
Q. Jab papa galat kaam karte the tab mummy ke alawa
ghar me kisi aur bade ko apne bataya ?
Ans. Gharme mummy ke alawa aur kisi ko bataya nahi
tha
Q.Kya papa ne shastri nagar ke ghar me bhi galat kam
kiya tha?

Ans. Nahi
Q.kya papa apko nashe ki goli khilate the ?
Ans. Nahi.”

(Emphasis supplied )

9. On a conspectus of the material evidence on record, there are two

issues that arise for consideration in the present leave petition.

10. The first issue that needs determination is, as to whether the

prosecution has been able to establish the date of birth of the victim, so as to

bring home the guilt of the accused under the ambit of the provisions of the

POCSO Act.

11. The second issue upon which the determination of the present leave

petition hinges, is as to whether the testimony of the victim can be said to be

creditworthy and reliable.

12. Insofar as, the first question is concerned, it is an admitted position

that, the IO (PW-15) has proved on record the date of birth certificate issued

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by Municipal Corporation of Delhi qua victim M [Ex.Pw-15/L]. As per the

certificate, the date of birth of victim M is 27.12.1999. Evidently no cross –

examination of the IO on behalf of the accused in respect of the said

document. The prosecution has therefore proved that the victim was a minor

at the time of commission of the alleged sexual assault, by the accused.

13. Insofar as, the more significant second issue is concerned, the learned

Trial Court, after examining the material evidence on record and in particular

the testimony of the victim and after hearing counsel for the parties, found

that there were substantial material improvements in the statement of victim

M, i.e. PW-4, which have the effect of rendering her testimony highly

unreliable.

14. In her statement made to the police on 18.01.2012 Ex.PW-15/D victim

M stated that her father took her to another room, removed her clothes,

touched her here and there and threatened to kill her mother. However, in

her statement recorded under Section 164 Cr.P.C., as well as, her testimony

in Court, the victim M gave an altogether different story. In her statement

made under Section 164 Cr.P.C. to the learned MM she asserted that her

father had committed wrong acts with her on numerous occasions, after

removing their clothes and that he used to insert his peshab wali jagah in her

peshab wali jagah. In her subsequent testimony in Court, she made

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considerable improvement and contradicted herself by specifically stating in

her cross-examination that her father had never given her any intoxicating

medicine or tablet, which belies her earlier testimony to the effect that he

used to administer some tablets to her.

15. Mr. Ravi Nayak, learned Additional Public Prosecutor would

vehemently urge that, based on the testimony of the victim, the offences for

which the accused was charged, by the prosecution had been proved beyond

a reasonable doubt.

16. Mr. Ravi Nayak, learned Additional Public Prosecutor has taken us

through the testimony of the prosecutrix in Court as hereinbefore extracted,

as well as, her statement made under Sectionsection 161 of Cr.P.C at the concerned

police station on 18.01.2013 [Ex.Pw-15/d]; and before the Magistrate

concerned under Sectionsection 164 of Cr.P.C on 18.01.2013 [ Ex.Pw-2/B], to urge

that, the same is cogent, consistent and creditworthy.

17. Per Contra, The counsel for the respondent would submit that there

are substantial material improvements in the statement of Victim M which

renders her testimony highly unreliable as, in her statement to police she

stated that accused fondle her here and there, whereas in her statement to

Ld.MM u/s 164 SectionCr.P.C stated that her father had committed wrong act with

her many times after removing his and her clothes and he use to insert “his

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peshab wali jagah (penis) in her peshab wali jagah (vagina)”. Also, victim

M categorically denies administration of any soporific tablet/medicine to her

by the respondent.

18. The counsel for the respondent would also urge that the victim M is

stated to have been residing with her maternal grandmother post the alleged

incidents of sexual assault, and the latter who could have been a material

witness has not been examined by the prosecution.

19. Further, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) result [Ex.Pw-PX] is

not conclusive. In this regard, it would be apt and necessary to extract

relevant finding in it as hereunder:

“Exhibit ‘1c’: Cotton wool swab on wooden stick( of
Prosecutrix Mansi)
Exhibit ‘5’: Brown Gauze cloth piece described as ‘Blood
sample’ ( of accused)
RESULTS
Exhibit ‘1c’, i.e.: Cotton wool swab on wooden
stick ( of Prosecutrix Mansi)
it could not be compared with that of exhibit
‘5’, i.e. blood stained gauze cloth piece (of
accused ).”

(Emphasis supplied)

20. In view of the foregoing discussion, in our considered view, the

prosecution has established the guilt of the appellant beyond reasonable

doubt. There is no gainsaying in position of law and there can be no quarrel

with the proposition that when the testimony of the prosecutrix is

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unimpeached and beyond reproach, the conviction of the appellant can be

sustained based solely on it. However, in the instant case the statement of the

prosecutrix is shaky, inconsistent and cannot be relied upon in addition to the

incident itself being reported 6 months after the alleged commission of the

crime. Further the report of FSL report is inconclusive and does not in any

manner establish the commission of the offence by the respondent.

21. In the present case, on a cumulative reading and appreciation of the

entire evidence on record, we are of the considered view that the evidence of

the prosecution is unworthy of acceptance, since the same is found to be

replete with infirmities and not supported by the medical evidence on record.

22. There is no gainsaying the legal position that when two views are

possible, the appellant court should not reverse a judgment of acquittal,

merely because another view was possible. [Ref: SectionK. Prakashan vs. P.K.

Surenderan, reported as (2008) 1 SCC 258] Where two views are

reasonably possible from the very same evidence, the prosecution cannot said

to have prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. [Ref: SectionT. Subramanian vs.

State of Tamil Nadu reported as (2006) 1 SCC 401] If the High Court on

reappraisal of the evidence considers the possibility of another view being

reasonably be plausible, then the view which favours the accused should be

adopted unless the High Court returns a definite conclusion that the findings

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recorded by the trial court are perverse and against the weight of the evidence

on record. [Ref: SectionGhurey Lal vs. State of U.P. reported as 2008 (10) SCC

450].

23. In view of the facts and circumstances of the case and having regard to

the principles laid down by the Apex Court in the decisions afore-cited, we

are of the considered view that there are no substantial and compelling

reasons to differ with the findings arrived at by the learned trial court, based

upon just appreciation of the material evidence available on record in the

case. The learned trial court has taken a holistic view in the matter after

carefully considering and analysing the evidence including the testimony of

victim M on the record.

24. In view of the foregoing discussion, we see no ground to interfere with

the impugned judgment. The leave petition is accordingly dismissed.

SIDDHARTH MRIDUL
(JUDGE)

MANOJ KUMAR OHRI
(JUDGE)
APRIL 29, 2019
dn /di

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