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Rajya Sarkar Uttar Pradesh vs Ranjeet Singh And Ors.

High Court Of Judicature at Allahabad|08 May, 2008


JUDGMENT Allah Raham, J.
1. This is an appeal against the judgment and order dated 31.8.2001, passed by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Lakhimpur Kheri in Criminal Case No. 1114/2000, whereby Respondents Ranjeet Singh, Charan Kaur, Lakhvinder Singh, Charan Singh alias Channa and Balvinder Singh alias Bindu were acquitted of the charges under Section 325 IPC and Section 3/4 Dowry Prohibition Act.
2. It appears that Smt. Rajwant Kaur was married with Lakhvinder Singh. Respondents Ranjeet Singh and Charan Kaur are parents of accused Lakhvinder Singh while Respondents Charan Singh alias Channa and Balvinder Singh alias Bindu are his cousins. Allegations of demand of dowry and beating were levelled against the respondents. A case was registered against the respondents by Sri Kulwant Singh, who is the father of Smt. Rajwant Kaur. The case was duly investigated and a charge-sheet was submitted against the accused persons.
3. All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to charges under Sections 498-A, 323, 325 IPC and 3/4 Dowry Prohibition Act and stated that they had been falsely implicated in this case.
4. Smt. Rajwant Kaur was examined by Dr. R.K.Kanchan and Dr. V.S.Sarin. They had filed injury reports of Smt. Rajwant Kaur. In support of its case, prosecution examined Sri Kulwant Singh P.W.1, Smt. Rajwant Kaur P.W.2, Sri Ram Prasad P.W.3, Dr. R.K.Kanchan P.W.4 and Dr. V.S.Sarin P.W.5.
5. After hearing learned Counsel for the parties and perusing the evidence on record, learned trial court found accused/respondents Lakhvinder Singh, Ranjeet Singh, Charan Kaur, Charan Singh and Balvinder not guilty under Sections 325 IPC and 3/4 Dowry Prohibition Act. Accused Charan Singh alias Channa and Balvinder Singh alias Bindu were not found guilty of the charges under Sections 498-A and 323 IPC and they were accordingly acquitted.
6. Aggrieved against the aforesaid acquittal of accused respondents, the State has preferred this appeal.
7. I have heard learned A.G.A for the State and Sri Rajendra Singh Chauhan for the accused respondents and have carefully perused the record.
8. During the course of the hearing, an important development has taken place. The accused respondents and the victim Smt. Rajwant Kaur have appeared in person before this Court and have filed affidavits signifying a settlement between the husband and the wife. Smt. Rajwant Kaur has sworn that a family settlement has been arrived at in between the parties and in pursuance of the said settlement, she is living with her husband Sri Lakhvinder Singh, her mother-in-law and father-in-law since 2001. She is willing to withdraw the complaint against the accused persons. An affidavit to this effect has also been filed by Sri Kulwant Singh, who is the father of Smt. Rajwant Kaur. Learned Counsel for accused respondents has submitted that the Apex Court permits such a settlement. In support, he has cited a judgment of the Apex Court, B.S.Joshi and Ors. v. State of Haryana and Anr. I have carefully gone through the judgment of the Apex Court. It was a matter of quashing of F.I.R and the ground of quashing was only the settlement between husband and wife. The Apex Court has held that non-exercise of inherent power to quash the proceedings to meet the ends of justice would prevent women from settling earlier and that is not the object of introducing Chapter XX-A containing Section 498-A in the IPC. Following the ratio and the rationale of the law laid down by the Apex Court in the case of B.S.Joshi (supra), I am of the considered opinion that this appeal should not proceed further and the same should be disposed of specially for the reason that the victim (wife) has herself entered into a settlement with her husband and in-laws and is living happily in her matrimonial home.
9. Therefore, without commenting upon the quantity and quality of the evidence on record and the merits of the case, this appeal is disposed of finally in terms of the settlement arrived at between Smt. Rajwant Kaur and Lakhvinder Singh.
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Rajya Sarkar Uttar Pradesh vs Ranjeet Singh And Ors.


High Court Of Judicature at Allahabad

08 May, 2008
  • A Raham