IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
Date of Decision:30.01.2020
Swaran Singh @ Sarwan Singh and others …..Petitioners
State of Punjab and another …..Respondents
CORAM: HON’BLE MR.JUSTICE HARI PAL VERMA.
Present: None for the petitioners.
Ms. Ruchika Sabharwal, AAG, Punjab.
None for respondent No.2.
HARI PAL VERMA, J.(Oral)
Prayer in this petition filed under Section 482 Cr.P.C. is for
quashing of FIR No.076 dated 02.12.2018 under Sections 406, 498-A IPC,
registered at Police Station Women, Amritsar City, District Amritsar
(Annexure P-1) and all the consequential proceedings arising therefrom on
the basis of compromise dated 07.09.2019(Annexure P-2).
This Court vide order dated 12.09.2019 had directed the parties
to appear before the Illaqa Magistrate/trial Court 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 1st Class, Amritsar and got their statements
recorded. On the basis of the statements so recorded, learned Magistrate has
submitted report dated 20.11.2019 to the effect that the compromise is
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genuine, voluntarily made, without any threat, coercion and out of free will
of the parties.
Though no one is present on behalf of respondent No.2-
complainant-Ramneet Kaur in Court today, but no prejudice would be
caused to her as she has already made a statement with regard to
compromise before learned Magistrate on 14.11.2019. The same is
reproduced as under:-
“An FIR no.0076 dt. 02.12.2018 u/s 406, 498A IPC, PS Women,
Amritsar City has been registered against the accused Swaran
Singh @ Sarwan Singh, Jaswant Singh s/o Bhag Singh and
Surinder Kaur @ Shinder Kaur w/o Jaswant Singh on my
Now with the intervention of the respectables I along with
Swaran Singh @ Sarwan Singh, Jaswant Singh s/o Bhag Singh
and Surinder Kaur @ Shinder Kaur w/o Jaswant Singh have
effected a compromise which is Ex.C1. I have no objection if
above said FIR is quashed against the accused. I am the only
complainant/effected/aggrieved party in the present case. The
compromise has been effected voluntarily, without any pressure,
coercion or undue influence.”
Learned State counsel has not disputed the factum of
compromise between the parties. However, on instructions from ASI
Tejinder Singh, she submits that the parties have filed the petition under
Section 13-B of the Hindu Marriage Act, so as to get their marriage
dissolved by way of mutual consent.
In view of the above, no useful purpose would be served to
continue with the proceedings before the trial Court in the instant F.I.R.
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 when the disputes are substantially matrimonial in nature,
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or are civil property disputes with criminal facets, if the parties enter into a
settlement, and it becomes 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 of India.
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, as approved by the
Hon’ble Supreme Court in Gian Singh Versus State of Punjab and others
(2012) 10 SCC 303 also, in the light of Gold Quest International Private
Limited’s case (supra), this petition is allowed and FIR No.076 dated
02.12.2018 under Sections 406, 498-A IPC, registered at Police Station
Women, Amritsar City, District Amritsar(Annexure P-1) and all the
consequential proceedings arising therefrom are hereby quashed qua the
petitioners on the basis of compromise dated 07.09.2019(Annexure P-2),
subject to payment of costs of `15,000/- to be deposited by the petitioners,
within a period of one month from today with the Govt. Medical College,
Amritsar. This money shall be spent for the treatment of poor patients
within the knowledge of its Director.
January 30, 2020 (HARI PAL VERMA)
Whether speaking/reasoned: Yes/No
Whether Reportable: Yes/No
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