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Vasantkumar Tikamdas Pashwani vs State Of Gujarat on 14 March, 2018

R/SCR.A/962/2012 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

SPECIAL CRIMINAL APPLICATION NO. 962 of 2012

VASANTKUMAR TIKAMDAS PASHWANI 10….. Petitioners
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT 1….. Respondents

Appearance:
MR NV GANDHI(1693) for the PETITIONER(s) No. 1,10,11,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
MR VIRENDRA R PATEL(3681) for the PETITIONER(s) No. 1,10,11,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
HCLS COMMITTEE(4998) for the RESPONDENT(s) No. 2
MR HEMANT B RAVAL(3491) for the RESPONDENT(s) No. 2
MR PV PATADIYA(5924) for the RESPONDENT(s) No. 2
MS MOXA THAKKAR, APP(2) for the RESPONDENT(s) No. 1
RULE NOT RECD BACK(63) for the RESPONDENT(s) No. 2

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 14/03/2018

ORAL ORDER

1 This   writ   application   is   not   pressed   at   the   outset   so   far   as   the 
applicant No.1 namely Vasantkumar Tikamdas Pashwani i.e. the husband 
is concerned. This writ application is disposed of as not pressed so far as 
the applicant No.1 is concerned. Rule is discharged so far as the writ 
applicant No.1 is concerned. 

2 By this writ application under Article 226 of the Constitution of 
India, the writ applicants have prayed for the following reliefs:

“8A) Your Lordships may be pleased to admit and allow this petition;

B) Your   Lordships   may   be   pleased   to   issue   appropriate   writ   of  
certiorari or any other appropriate writ, order or directions and be pleased  
to quash and set aside the Criminal Complaint bearing CR No.I 102 of  

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2012 under Section 498­A, 506(1) and 114 of the Indian Penal Code r/w  
Section   3   and   7   of   Dowry   Prohibition   Act   registered   with   Naranpura  
Police Station, Ahmedabad; 

C) Your   Lordships   may   be   pleased   to   stay   the   investigation   of   the  
Criminal Complaint bearing CR No.I­102 of 2012 under Section 498­A,  
506(1) and 114 of the Indian Penal Code r/w Section 3 and 7 of Dowry  
Prohibition   Act   registered   with   Naranpura   Police   Station,   Ahmedabad  
pending hearing and final disposal of this petition; 

D) Your Lordships may be pleased to restrain the investigation officer  
for arresting petitioners in connection with Criminal Complaint bearing  
CR No.I 102 of 2012 under Section 498­A, 506(1) and 114 of the Indian  
Penal Code r/w Section 3 and 7 of Dowry Prohibition Act registered with  
Naranpura Police Station, Ahmedabad pending hearing and final disposal  
of this petition. 

E) Your Lordships may be pleased to grant ad­interim relief in terms  
of para – C  D above. 

F) Your Lordships may be pleased to grant any other and further relief  
under the facts and circumstances of this case.”

3 The   First  Information   Report   lodged  by   the   respondent   No.2   is 
extracted hereunder:

“My   name   is   Poonamben   w/o   Vasantkumar   Trikamdas   Pesvani,  
Age – 40 years, Occupation – Household work, residing – M/4/69/535,  
Shastrinagar   Shopping   Center,   Opposite   Vardan   Tower,   Shastrinagar,  
Ahmedabad. Mobile number – 97220 74271.

I dictate facts of my complaint before you that I have been residing  

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at  the  aforesaid   address   with  my  elder   brother   Nareshbhai   for   last   six  
months. I have two daughters, the elder one Linaben is 20 years old and  
the younger one Payal is 14 years. 

My   marriage   was   solemnized   with   one   Vasanatkumar   s/o  
Trikamdas   Tegmal,   belonged   to   the   Acharya   family   and   a   resident   of  
Manch village of Mount Abu as per rites and rituals of our caste before 21  
years. I was given gold jewelery and other articles by my parental side. I  
started living at the matrimonial home with my husband, mother­in­law  
Ashaben   Trikamdas,   Jeth   Payanbhai   and   his   wife,   husband’s   younger  
brother Rajeshkumar and his wife, husband’s sister Neetaben Anilkumar  
Dhanani. They kept me happy at the matrimonial home for few days after  
marriage. Thereafter, as my husband had the habit of drinking, he used to  
beat   me   frequently   and   my   mother­in­law   used   to   often   instigate   my  
husband and get me beaten by my husband. Moreover, the husband’s elder  
and younger brothers used to taunt me frequently. But, in order to save  
my marriage, I used to tolerate the harassment and when I talked to my  
brother,   my   brother   used   to   persuade   me.   My   husband   and   the   other  
members of my matrimonial house used to take more work from me and 
treated me as a maid servant. They asked me to bring the jewellery and  
money from my parental home for which my husband used to beat me. My  
husband’s   sister   Neetaben   took   away   the   golden   jewellery   which   I   had  
brought from my parental home and the said jewellery were kept by her. I  
came to know that the said jewellery was sold by my husband. But, I used  
to tolerate the harassment as the condition of my parental home was not  
good. 

As I could not tolerate the harassment at my matrimonial home, I  
came to my brother’s house along with my two daughters for the last six  
months. As the education of my daughters was being spoiled, I requested  
my husband for signatures, but they refused for the same and came at my  
brother’s   house   and   demanded   money   and   administered   threats   to   my  

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brother. Though, the efforts being made to settle the disputes, they did not  
cooperate. Therefore, I give this complaint to take necessary action against  
the members of my in­laws as I have been caused harassment for the last  
one   year.  My  witness   is  my   brother  and   others   in   the   course   of   police  
investigation. 

The complaint is as per my dictation and true. I have received a  
copy of my complaint.”

4 The respondent No.2 has implicated as many as eleven persons as 
accused   in   the   F.I.R.   The   writ   applicant   No.1,   for   whom   this   writ 
application is not pressed, is the husband, the writ applicant No.2 is the 
mother­in­law, the writ applicant No.3 is the brother­in­law (Jeth), the 
writ   applicants   Nos.4   and   6   are   the   sisters­in­law   (Jethani),   the   writ 
applicants   Nos.7   and   9   are   the   brothers­in­law   (Devar),   the   writ 
applicants  Nos.8 and 10 are  the  sisters­in­law (Devrani) and the  writ 
applicant  No.11   is   the  sister­in­law  (Nanand)  of  the   respondent   No.2 
herein. 

5 It is brought to my notice that during the pendency of this writ 
application, the writ applicant No.5 has passed away. 

6 Having heard the learned counsel appearing for the parties and 
having  considered the  materials on record, I am of the view that the 
allegations of harassment, by and large, are against the husband. So far 
as the other writ applicants are concerned, there is no case worth the 
name to put them on trial for the offence punishable under Section 498A 
of the I.P.C. as well as Sections 3 and 7 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.

7 In   such   circumstances,   this   application   is   allowed.   The   First 
Information   Report   being   I­C.R.   No.102   of   2012   registered   at   the 

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Naranpura police station, Ahmedabad, is hereby quashed so far as the 
writ applicants Nos.2 to 11 are concerned. All consequential proceedings 
pursuant thereto stand terminated so far as the writ applicants Nos.2 to 
11 are concerned. Rule is made absolute so far as the writ applicants 
Nos.2 to 11 are concerned. Direct service is permitted.

(J.B. PARDIWALA, J)
CHANDRESH

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