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Umeshbhai Natwarlal Shah vs State Of Gujarat & on 19 January, 2018

R/CR.MA/19671/2015 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR QUASHING SET ASIDE
FIR/ORDER) NO. 19671 of 2015

UMESHBHAI NATWARLAL SHAH….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT 1….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR.NANDISH H THACKAR, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
APPEARANCE WITHDRAWN for the Respondent(s) No. 2
MS MOXA THAKKAR, APP for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 19/01/2018

ORAL ORDER

1 By   this   application   under   Section   482   of   the   Code   of   Criminal 
Procedure,  1973,  the  applicant –   original  accused  (husband)  seeks  to 
invoke the inherent powers of this Court, praying for quashing of the 
First Information Report being C.R. No.I­85 of 2015 registered with the 
Kalol   city   Police   Station,   District:   Gandhinagar   for   the   offence 
punishable under Sections 498A, 377, 323 and 506(1) read with 114 of 
the Indian Penal Code. 

2 The applicant has raised the following grounds for the purpose of 
seeking quashing of the First Information Report:

“2(a) The marriage span of the complainant and the petitioner is of 17  
years and they have three children out of the wedlock. 

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(b) The relatives of the petitioner had approached this Hon’ble Court by  
way   of   CRMA   No.18053/2015   and   this   Hon’ble   Court   was   pleased   to  
admit   the   matter   and   grant   stay   of   the   further   proceedings   of   the  
impugned FIR vide order dated 29.9.2015. 

(c)   The   respondent   no.2   –   complainant   has   made   false   and   frivolous  
allegations with an ulterior motive of harassing the petitioner. 

(d)   The   daughter   of   the   petitioner   and   the   complainant   has   filed   an  
affidavit stating the true and correct facts that the complainant has filed  
this false FIR in connivance with some other persons. 

(e) Even after the filing of the FIR, the complainant  has happily stayed  
with the husband for next 5 days and the said fact can also be ascertained  
from the affidavit filed by the daughter of the petitioner. 

(f)   The   allegations   leveled   in   the   FIR   are   general   and   sweeping   and  
therefore, it would be an abuse of process of law to take the petitioner to  
undergo trial on the basis of such allegations. 

(g) The impugned  FIR has been filed after an unexplained delay of two  
years.”

3 On 20th October 2015, the following order was passed:

“Let   rule   be   issued   to   the   respondents,   returnable   on   22.1.2016.   Mr.  
Pandya, the learned APP, waives service of notice of rule for and on behalf  
of the respondent No.1. The respondent No.2 be served directly through  
the investigating officer of the concerned police station.

The investigation may proceed further, however, no coercive steps shall be  
taken against the applicant.

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Direct service is permitted.”

4 Thereafter, on 27th April 2016, the following order was passed:

“Mr.Nandish   H.Thacker,   learned   advocate   appearing   for   the   applicant  
­husband has submitted that both the parties attempted to stay together  
and despite best of the efforts made for an amicable settlement, a solution  
could not be arrived at and therefore, it is being proposed that the parties  
part their ways gracefully. 

The respondent­wife appearing as party­in­person is present in the Court  
today. She is represented by learned advocate Mr.M.N.Marfatia. She has  
also agreed to this proposal and expects that the details shall be worked  
out   later.   Out   of   totally   three   children   born   out   of   the   wedlock,   two  
children are to stay with the mother and the eldest daughter is to join the  
father. The wife will also require arrangement for permanent alimony. 

At the joint request, the matter be referred to the High Court Mediation  
Centre. Let the senior mediator, High Court Mediation Centre work out  
these details to enable the parties to part smoothly. 

Let the matter be kept on 6th  May, 2016 once again with the report of  
Learned Mediator if the things are worked by then and if not, the parties  
can seek further time for the said purpose. 

Both the parties shall meet the Co­ordinator, High Court Mediation Centre  
on 29th April, 2016 at 11:00 O’clock. After considering the convenience of  
Mediator   who   has   been   assigned   this   matter,   further   schedule   shall   be  
determined. 

Application  for  maintenance  is now  fixed  on 3rd  May,  2016  before  the  
Family Court. The applicant shall be at liberty to make a request to the  
concerned court in wake of this development. 

Mr.M.N.Marfatia, learned advocate appears for the respondent No.2. 

Let the matter appear on 6th May, 2016. ”

5 On 6th February 2017, the following order was passed:

“With great effort and after lot of persuasion, the parties have reached to  
an   amicable   understanding   for   the   present.   The   husband   has   filed   an  

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affidavit, inter alia, stating as under :

“I, Umesh Natvarlal Shah, Aged  48 years, Residing  at Kalol,  the  
petitioner herein, do hereby solemnly affirm and state on oath as  
under :

1. I say that I am filing this affidavit for the purpose of stating that  
the petitioner and the elder daughter viz. Dimple Shah have made  
various attempts to resolve the disputes between the petitioner and  
the  respondent  no.2.   It is   submitted  that   the  petitioner   has   also  
tried to mediate the issue before the Mediation Centre before this  
Honble Court but the same did not work out.

2. I   say   that   however,   in   the   interest   of   the   better   future   of   the  
children, the petitioner is willing to end the litigations and make  
appropriate efforts to secure the future of the three children. I say  
that the petitioner is willing to stay separately from the respondent  
no.2   and   make   appropriate   application   before   the   concerned  
Family Court under Section 13B of the Hindu Marriage Act jointly  
with the respondent no.2.

3. I   say   that   with   regard   to   the   maintenance   of   the   wife   and   two  
children of the petitioner, the petitioner is ready and willing to give  
an amount of Rs.15 lakhs as and when the petitioner is able to sell  
the   house   in   which   the   petitioner   is   staying   as   of   now.   The  
petitioner  further   ensures  to  make  all  the  endeavours  to sell   the  
house at the earliest. Furthermore, the petitioner  will also give a  
lumpsum amount of Rs.50,000/­ for a period of 5 months which  
shall be deducted from the total amount which is to be given to the  
respondent  no.2  and  if the  petitioner  is unable  to sell the  house  
within a period of five months, the petitioner shall further give an  
amount   of   Rs.10,000/­   every   month   till   the   petitioner   pays   an  
amount   of   Rs.15,00,000/­   to   the   respondent   no.2   in   lieu   of  
permanent alimony.”

The affidavit is ordered to be taken on record. The understanding is that  
the applicant  will make  all possible  endeavours  to sell the house  at the  
earliest, and out of the sale proceeds, he would pay an amount of Rs.15 lac  
to his wife and two minor children. It is also understood that till the house  
is sold and the amount of Rs.15 lac is paid to the wife and the two minor  
children, the husband would pay an amount of Rs.10,00000 per month  
to   the   wife.   The   husband   is   present   in   the   Court   today.   The   wife  
accompanied by her father is also present in the Court. The husband hands  
over   an   amount   of   Rs.50,00000   in   cash   to   the   wife.   The   amount   is  
accepted   by   the   wife.   I   will   be   extremely   happy   if   one   day   they   both  
reconcile with their children and start living a new life. This perhaps may  
take some time. Probably, time is the best healing factor. There are three  

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children born in the wedlock. The eldest daughter is with the father and  
the other two children who are minor are with the mother. The husband  
who is present in the Court further assures that in future if there is any  
financial   difficulty   as  regards  the  education  or  help  of the  children,  he  
would definitely extend the help.

This matter is treated as part­heard. The investigation of the CR­I No.85 of  
2015 registered with the Kalol Police Station, District Gandhinagar, shall  
remain stayed till further orders. This matter for the present is adjourned  
sine die. The day the property is sold and the amount is ready to be paid  
to the  wife,  Mr.Nandish  Thackar,  the  learned   counsel,  shall  file  a note  
before the registry to place this matter for further hearing and appropriate  
orders.

It will be open for the wife to visit her matrimonial home and collect her  
belongings like clothes, etc. There are some LIC policies in the name of the  
husband, the wife has brought those policies today. The same are handed  
over to the husband.

According to the husband, his passport is also with the wife. The wife has  
no idea about the passport. However, she says that she will look into her  
house  and  if she  finds  the  passport,  she  will handover  the same  to her  
husband.

The   eldest   daughter,   viz.   Dimple,   who   at   present   is   residing   with   her  
father, will be visiting her mother and her brother and sister. It will be  
open for the father also to meet his children who at present are with the  
mother. The wife who is present in the Court makes it very clear that the  
husband as well as the eldest daughter are most welcome at her house.

It is understood that till the final disposal of this matter, the wife will not  
proceed   with   the   proceedings   initiated   by   her   for   maintenance   under  
Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The Court concerned shall  
keep this in mind and adjourn the matter. The proceedings initiated under  
the   Domestic   Violence   Act   in   the   Court   of   the   learned   Chief   Judicial  
Magistrate,   Gandhinagar,   being   Criminal   Misc.   Application   No.772   of  
2015 shall also remain stayed.”

6 On 28th July 2017, the following order was passed:

“On 6th February 2017, the following order was passed :

“With   great   effort   and   after   lot   of   persuasion,   the   parties   have  
reached to an amicable understanding for the present. The husband  

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has filed an affidavit, inter alia, stating as under :

“I, Umesh Natvarlal Shah, Aged  48 years, Residing  at Kalol,  the  
petitioner herein, do hereby solemnly affirm and state on oath as  
under :

1. I say that I am filing this affidavit for the purpose of stating that  
the petitioner and the elder daughter viz. Dimple Shah have made  
various attempts to resolve the disputes between the petitioner and  
the  respondent  no.2.   It is   submitted  that   the  petitioner   has   also  
tried to mediate the issue before the Mediation Centre before this  
Honble Court but the same did not work out.

2. I   say   that   however,   in   the   interest   of   the   better   future   of   the  
children, the petitioner is willing to end the litigations and make  
appropriate efforts to secure the future of the three children. I say  
that the petitioner is willing to stay separately from the respondent  
no.2   and   make   appropriate   application   before   the   concerned  
Family Court under Section 13B of the Hindu Marriage Act jointly  
with the respondent no.2.

3. I   say   that   with   regard   to   the   maintenance   of   the   wife   and   two  
children of the petitioner, the petitioner is ready and willing to give  
an amount of Rs.15 lakhs as and when the petitioner is able to sell  
the   house   in   which   the   petitioner   is   staying   as   of   now.   The  
petitioner  further   ensures  to  make  all  the  endeavours  to sell   the  
house at the earliest. Furthermore, the petitioner  will also give a  
lumpsum amount of Rs.50,000/­ for a period of 5 months which  
shall be deducted from the total amount which is to be given to the  
respondent  no.2  and  if the  petitioner  is unable  to sell the  house  
within a period of five months, the petitioner shall further give an  
amount   of   Rs.10,000/­   every   month   till   the   petitioner   pays   an  
amount   of   Rs.15,00,000/­   to   the   respondent   no.2   in   lieu   of  
permanent alimony.”

The affidavit is ordered to be taken on record. The understanding is  
that   the   applicant   will   make   all   possible   endeavours   to   sell   the  
house at the earliest, and out of the sale proceeds, he would pay an  
amount of Rs.15 lac to his wife and two minor children. It is also  
understood that till the house is sold and the amount of Rs.15 lac is  
paid to the wife and the two minor children, the husband would  
pay   an   amount   of   Rs.10,00000   per   month   to   the   wife.   The  
husband  is present in the Court today.  The wife accompanied  by  
her father is also present in the Court. The husband hands over an  
amount   of   Rs.50,00000   in   cash   to   the   wife.   The   amount   is  
accepted by the wife. I will be extremely happy if one day they both  
reconcile   with   their   children   and   start   living   a   new   life.   This  

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perhaps   may   take   some  time.  Probably,   time  is  the   best  healing  
factor.   There   are   three   children   born   in   the   wedlock.   The   eldest  
daughter  is with the  father  and  the  other  two  children  who  are  
minor   are   with   the  mother.   The   husband   who   is   present   in  the  
Court   further   assures   that   in   future   if   there   is   any   financial  
difficulty as regards the education or help of the children, he would  
definitely extend the help.

This matter is treated as part­heard. The investigation of the CR­I  
No.85   of   2015   registered   with   the   Kalol   Police   Station,   District  
Gandhinagar, shall remain stayed till further orders. This matter  
for the present is adjourned sine die. The day the property is sold  
and   the   amount   is   ready   to   be   paid   to   the   wife,   Mr.Nandish  
Thackar, the learned counsel, shall file a note before the registry to  
place this matter for further hearing and appropriate orders.

It   will   be   open   for   the   wife   to   visit   her   matrimonial   home   and  
collect her belongings like clothes, etc. There are some LIC policies  
in the  name  of the husband,  the wife  has brought those  policies  
today. The same are handed over to the husband.

According to the husband, his passport is also with the wife. The  
wife has no idea about the passport. However, she says that she will  
look into her house and if she finds the passport, she will handover  
the same to her husband.

The eldest daughter, viz. Dimple, who at present is residing with  
her father, will be visiting her mother and her brother and sister. It  
will be open for the father also to meet his children who at present  
are with the mother. The wife who is present in the Court makes it  
very clear that the husband as well as the eldest daughter are most  
welcome at her house.

It is understood that till the final disposal of this matter, the wife  
will   not   proceed   with   the   proceedings   initiated   by   her   for  
maintenance under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.  
The   Court   concerned   shall   keep   this   in   mind   and   adjourn   the  
matter. The proceedings initiated under the Domestic Violence Act  
in the Court of the learned Chief Judicial Magistrate, Gandhinagar,  
being Criminal Misc. Application No.772 of 2015 shall also remain  
stayed.

The  parties  are   personally   present  in the  court.   The  applicant  husband  
informs that he has not been able to dispose of the property despite best of  
his efforts. According to him, the efforts are going on and he will be in a  
position to sell the property in the near future.

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On 6th  February 2017 when the order referred to above was passed, an  
amount of Rs.50,00000 in cash was paid to the wife before this Court  
towards her maintenance including the two minor children.

Today,   he   has   brought   Rs.50,00000   in   cash   and   the   same   is   being  
handed over to the wife in presence of the court. This amount is towards  
the maintenance for the next five months, i.e. upto 31st December 2017.

Instead of paying a lump­sum amount, I have suggested that the wife shall  
furnish the necessary information as regards her Savings Bank Account so  
that every month an amount of Rs.10,00000 can be deposited straight  
through RTGS in the account of the wife. This would not be necessary if,  
during   the   next   period   of   five   months,   the   property   is   sold.   This  
arrangement   of   payment   of   Rs.10,00000   per   months   is   only   till   the  
amount of Rs.15 lac is paid to the wife.

For the present, post the matter immediately after reopening of the Diwali  
Vacation.”

7 On 10th November 2017, the following order was passed;

“Mr. Nandish  Thackar,  the  learned  counsel  appearing  for  the  applicant  
submits  that the applicant  has entered  into an agreement  to sell of the  
house for total sale consideration of Rs.35,00,000/­ (Rupees Thirty Five  
Lac only).  He further  submits  that the purchaser  is to obtain loan and  
once the loan is sanctioned by the Bank, then the applicant would execute  
the sale deed. Mr. Thackar, the learned counsel is hopeful that by the first  
week  of December,  2017,  the sale  deed would  be executed  and  the  sale  
consideration would be received by the applicant. 

For   the   present,   post   this   matter   on   8th   December   2017.   The   further  
developments   in   the   matter   shall   be   reported   to   this   Court   on   8th  
December 2017.”

8 On 8th December 2017, the following order was passed:

“1 On 10th November, 2017, the following order was passed:

“Mr.   Nandish   Thackar,   the   learned   counsel   appearing   for   the  
applicant submits that the applicant has entered into an agreement  
to sell of the house for total sale consideration of Rs.35,00,000/­  
(Rupees   Thirty   Five   Lac   only).   He   further   submits   that   the  
purchaser is to obtain loan and once the loan is sanctioned by the  

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Bank, then the applicant would execute the sale deed. Mr. Thackar,  
the learned counsel is hopeful that by the first week of December,  
2017, the sale deed would be executed and the sale consideration  
would be received by the applicant. 

For   the   present,   post   this   matter   on   8th   December   2017.   The  
further developments in the matter shall be reported to this Court  
on 8th December 2017.”

2 Mr. Nandish Thackar, the learned counsel appearing for the applicant  
submitted  that his client  has been able  to dispose  of the property . His  
client is now ready to pay the amount of Rs.14,00,000/­ to the wife. As  
such,   the   amount   fixed   was   Rs.15,00,000/­,   but   out   of   the   same,  
Rs.1,00,000/­ has already been paid to the wife. In such circumstances,  
now, Rs.14,00,000/­ remains to be paid to the wife. The husband is here  
before   this   Court.   The   wife   is   also   here   before   this   Court.   The   elder  
daughter is also here before this Court. The husband makes a statement  
that   by   end   of   this   month,   he   would   transfer   the   amount   of  
Rs.14,00,000/­ in the account of his wife. The husband is directed to act  
accordingly.  The  wife  is requested  to provide  her  account  details  to the  
husband at the earliest. 

3   Post   this   matter   on   12th   January   2018.   On   that   date,   further  
developments in the matter shall be informed to this Court.”

9 On 12th January 2018, the following order was passed:

“After   the   order   passed   by   this   Court   dated   8th   December   2017,   the  
development is that the husband has got Rs.12,00,000/­ deposited in the  
account   of   his   wife   through   the   R.T.G.S.   The   husband   brought  
Rs.2,00,000/­ in cash today. Since the wife has travelled to Ahmedabad  
all alone, she is afraid to travel back home with Rs.2,00,000/­ in cash. In  
such circumstances, the understanding arrived at is that by today in the  
late   evening   or   by   tomorrow,   the   elder   daughter   will   hand   over  
Rs.2,00,000/­ in cash to her mother.

Post the matter on 19th January 2018 on top of the Board.”

10 The parties are present before this Court today. The respondent 
No.2   pointed   out   that   her   elder   daughter   has   handed   over   to   her 
Rs.2,00,000/­ in cash as per the understanding. In all, the respondent 
No.2   has   been   paid   Rs.15,00,000/­   by   the   applicant   –   husband.   The 

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elder   daughter   has   to   remain   with   the   father.   Whereas,   the   other 
children are to remain in the custody of the mother i.e. the respondent 
No.2.   I   impressed   upon   the   parties   that   at   least,   the   relations   of   the 
siblings   should   remain   cordial.   There   should   not   be   any   hatredness 
between the brother and sisters. The husband and the wife both have 
agreed that they would see to it that their children remain united and 
they   will   remain   in   touch   with   each   other.   The   respondent   No.2   has 
assured   that   she   would   withdraw   the   application   filed   by   her   for 
maintenance in  the  Court of the  Chief  Judicial  Magistrate, Kalol. The 
next date of hearing in the Court at Kalol is 22nd February 2018. On 22nd 
February 2018, the respondent No.2 shall appear and pass a  pursis  for 
the withdrawal of the application. No other dispute remains between the 
parties. There is no further claim put­forward by the respondent No.2. 
According to the respondent No.2, few of her clothes are lying at her 
husband’s house. It is always open for her to go and collect the clothes. 
The respondent No.2 shall also withdraw the proceedings initiated by 
her under the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. 

11 The understanding arrived at between the parties is that both will 
file an application under Section 13B(1) under the Hindu Marriage Act 
for dissolution  of marriage with mutual consent. The parties  shall act 
accordingly. Nothing further is required to be done in the matter. 

12 In the result, this application succeeds and is hereby allowed. The 
First Information Report being C.R. No.I­85 of 2015 registered with the 
Kalol city Police Station, District: Gandhinagar is hereby quashed. Rule is 
made absolute. Direct service is permitted.

(J.B.PARDIWALA, J.)
chandresh

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