HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD
?Court No. – 75
Case :- APPLICATION U/S 482 No. – 279 of 2018
Applicant :- Vikaram Singh And 4 Others
Opposite Party :- State of U.P. and Another
Counsel for Applicant :- Satendra Kumar Upadhyay
Counsel for Opposite Party :- G.A.,Rajiv Kumar Pandey
Hon’ble Rajiv Gupta,J.
Heard learned counsel for the applicants, learned A.G.A. for the State and perused the material available on record.
This application under Section 482 Cr.P.C. has been filed by the applicants for quashing of the Charge-sheet No.175 of 2017 dated 30.07.2017 as well as the entire proceedings of Criminal Case No.1564 of 2017 (State Vs. Vikram Singh and Others) arising out of Case Crime No.208 of 2017, under Sections 498A, Section323, Section504 I.P.C., P.S. Harduaganj, District Aligarh, pending before the court of learned Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Court No.4, Aligarh.
As per the allegations made in the FIR, it is alleged that the marriage of Opposite Party No.2 Smt. Preeti was solemnized with applicant no.1 Vikram Singh on 18.11.2008. However, after the solemnization of the said marriage, the applicants started demanding additional dowry and for non-fulfilment of demand of additional dowry, the applicants started torturing and maltreating her and the allegation of committing unnatural offence by her husband has also been alleged and she was turned out of her matrimonial home.
The contention of counsel for the applicants is that no offence against the applicants is disclosed and the present application has been instituted with a malafide intention for the purposes of harassment. He has also pointed out certain documents in support of his contention.
Per contra, learned AGA has submitted that from the perusal of the allegations made in the FIR and the material collected during the course of investigation, prima facie offence is clearly made out against the applicants and as such, charge-sheet as well as entire proceedings cannot be quashed.
From the perusal of the material on record and looking into the facts of the case, at this stage it cannot be said that no offence is made out against the applicants. All the submissions made at the bar relate to the disputed questions of fact, which cannot be adjudicated upon by this Court under Section 482 Cr.P.C.
At this stage, disputed question of fact cannot be considered, therefore, in view of the law laid down by the Hon’ble Apex Court in the cases of R.P. Kapur Vs. State of Punjab, AIR 1960 SC 866, State of Haryana Vs. Bhajan Lal, 1992 SCC (Cri.) 426, State of Bihar Vs. P.P. Sharma, 1992 SCC (Cri.) 192 and lastly Zandu Pharmaceutical Works Ltd. Vs. Mohd. Saraful Haq and another, (Para-10) 2005 SCC (Cri.) 283, the prayer for quashing of the charge-sheet as well as entire proceedings is refused.
However, it is directed that if the applicants appear and surrender before the court below within forty five days from today and apply for bail, their prayer for bail shall be considered and decided in view of settled law laid down by this Court in the case of SectionAmrawati and another vs. State of U.P. reported in 2004 (57) ALR 290 as well as judgment passed by Hon’ble Apex Court in the case of Lal Kamlendra Pratap Singh Vs. State of U.P. reported in 2009 (3) ADJ 322 (SC).
For a period of forty five days from today or till the applicants surrender and apply for bail, whichever is earlier, no coercive action shall be taken against the applicants. However, in case, the applicants do not appear before the court below within the aforesaid period, coercive action shall be taken against them.
With the aforesaid directions, this application under Section 482 CrPC is finally disposed of.
Order Date :- 28.11.2019