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All Open Disputes Settled, 498A Quashed u/s 482 CrPC Case -2

Court: Kerala High Court


Safeer M.P. vs State Of Kerala Represented By on 26 March, 2007

SRI.P.SANJAY, Adv. For the appellant.
SRI.BIJU MEENATTOOR, Adv. For the respondent.

Law Point:
All Open Disputes Settled, 498A Quashed u/s 482 CrPC


This Crl.M.C. is filed by the petitioner, who is the 5th accused in a prosecution, inter alia, for the offences punishable under Sec.498A read with Sec.34 of the IPC. The petitioner is the brother-in-law of the 2nd respondent – the de facto complainant. The co-accused have already stood trial. All other co-accused, except the deceased father, were found not guilty and acquitted. The petitioner was not available for trial and hence the case against him was split up.

2. The petitioner has come to this Court along with the 2nd respondent to apprise this Court of the fact that the disputes between the parties have been amicably settled and that the 2nd respondent has compounded the offences allegedly committed by the petitioner. The spouses have settled their disputes harmoniously and they are residing separately now on the strength of Annexure-A2 agreement, it is submitted. The 2nd respondent has entered appearance through counsel and a joint application for composition has been filed. The learned counsel for the 2nd respondent/the de facto complainant vouches for the signature of the 2nd respondent in the application for composition.

3. I am satisfied, in these circumstances, that the matter has been amicably settled. The offence under Sec.498A of the IPC is not compoundable. But the learned counsel submit that the decision in B.S. Joshy v. State of Haryana (AIR 2003 SC 1386) justifies the invocation of the powers under Sec.482 of the Cr.P.C. The rationale underlying the said decision is that the interests of justice may at times transcend the interests of mere law and in such exceptional cases powers under Sec.482 of the Cr.P.C. can be invoked and Sec.320 of the Cr.P.C. cannot then be a fetter to the invocation of such power.

4. I am satisfied that this is an eminently fit case where the harmonious settlement of the disputes between the spouses can be accepted and the proceedings brought to premature termination.

5. In the result:

(i) This Crl.M.C. is allowed.

(ii) C.C.No.180/06 pending before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, Kozhikode, against the petitioner is hereby quashed.