498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022 - Bombay High Court – False and Vague allegations made against the Brother-in-law & sister-in-law. FIR Quashed.

498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022 - Bombay High Court - False and Vague allegations made against the Brother-in-law & sister-in-law. FIR Quashed.

498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022 - Bombay High Court – False and Vague allegations made against the Brother-in-law & sister-in-law. FIR Quashed.
498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

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Sangram Raosaheb Suryawanshi And ... vs The State Of Maharashtra on 19.08.2022

498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022 – In this article, the Bombay High Court has held that the allegations made against the brother-in-law & sister-in-law were vague in nature. Bombay High Court further held that the allegations made against them do not disclose any offence to attract the provisions of Section 498A. Therefore, the prayer against the brother-in-law and sister-in-law for quashing the criminal proceedings initiated against him is allowed and the FIR is quashed.

 

Case brief - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

The marriage of the wife along with the husband was solemnized on 04.12.2017, as per Hindu rites and rituals. During the time of the marriage ceremony, all the relatives were given proper respect and the household articles required were gifted to the wife by her parents.

It further came to the notice, at the time of settlement of marriage, the husband had told the wife that he serves in the capacity of a Manager in sgp Company at Ranjangaon and draws a salary of Rs. 1,00,000/- and mentioned that he has a flat over there for residing. Relying on the husband’s statement, the father of the wife fixed the marriage of the wife with the husband.

It is now stated in the FIR that, after the marriage, when enquired about the job of the husband, it was revealed that neither he was working as a manager in any of the Company nor he had any flat for residing there.

Case brief - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

It is further stated in the FIR that, after the marriage, the wife went for cohabitation at her matrimonial home at Karjat. The members in the matrimonial family include her husband, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law. 

While cohabiting in a joint family, the husband, at the instance of his father-in-law, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law, used to ill-treat his wife. All the family members harassed the wife by keeping her starving. They demanded Rs. 5 lakhs from her wife as dowry demand for purchasing a house.

It is further stated in the FIR that, due to the non-fulfilment of the said demand, the family members and her father-in-law started beating her and dragging her out of the matrimonial home four-five times.

Case brief - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

At that time, her maternal uncle and father had convinced the husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law and dropped her back at the matrimonial home for cohabitation. While cohabiting, the brother-in-law and sister-in-law used to backbite her husband about the wife and thereby harassed her.

It is further the case of the wife in the FIR that, the husband, at the instance of mother-in-law and father-in-law, used to demand from time-to-time Rs. 5 lakhs from her, and thereupon brother of the wife transferred Rs. 35,000/- online in the account of the husband, only with a view to keep harmony in the marital life of the wife.

Even after fulfilling the part demand of money, the applicants and the father-in-law kept harassing the wife and on 16.10.2018, the husband said to the wife that since she has been unable to fulfill the dowry demand, she should leave him as he wanted to perform the second marriage. When she denied doing so, the applicants including her father-in-law beat her, abused her, and drove her out of the home. She then started to reside at her parent's home.

Case brief - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

It is further stated in the FIR that, thereafter the wife with the intervention of her relatives, tried to get back to her matrimonial home but the applicants refused to let her in. Moreover, the applicants abused her in foul language. 

The wife had hope that she will be taken back to her matrimonial home and even after she waited for a long time but in vain, and because of this reason, there has been a delay in lodging the complaint.

Eventually, they filed a complaint with Karjat Police Station against all the applicants including her father-in-law, who died during the pendency of the present proceedings, for the offences referred to above.

The applicants have stated in the present application that the husband and the mother-in-law of the wife were residing separately from the wife, as the husband was serving in a company in M.I.D.C. and the wife works as Assistant Technical Manager in the Agriculture Department of Government of Maharashtra. The Applicants have been falsely roped into the offence in question.

Case brief - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

It is further stated in the application that the wife has made a false allegation against the applicants that they had demanded Rs. 5 lakhs from the wife for purchasing the house and it is impossible to purchase a new house in as low as an amount of Rs. 5 lakhs. The said allegation is false.

It is the further case of the applicants in the application that, the wife is working as Assistant Technical Manager in Agricultural Department and, therefore, she is a highly qualified lady having enough prudence and therefore the allegation of cheating is not sustainable. It is further stated in the application that the wife had left the matrimonial home on her own accord and all efforts made by the husband to bring her back to the matrimonial home, were futile.

The criminal case is lodged by the wife only with an intention to harass the family of the husband as the same can be seen from the FIR wherein the applicants including the father-in-law have been arrayed as accused. 

The FIR is lodged against the entire family including the sister-in-law who is married and residing at Pune at her matrimonial home having no concern for the wife therefore the proceedings initiated need to be quashed and set aside as a continuation of the same would be an abuse of process of law as the FIR itself was lodged afterthought and with an ulterior motive and to harass the entire family. Therefore, the FIR and the subsequent proceedings be quashed and set aside.

During the pendency of the present application, the chargesheet was filed before the learned Judicial Magistrate First Class.

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Arguments - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

The advocate appearing for the petitioner submitted that the applicants are innocent. The allegations made against them are false, vague, and general in nature. There is an inordinate delay in lodging the FIR. 

Though the brother-in-law & sister-in-law reside at a different place than the place where the incidents occurred, they have been unnecessarily roped in the offence in question and they are not at all concerned with the same.

He further submitted that even though the husband and the mother-in-law used to live separately from the wife as the husband and the wife do jobs in different places and the husband and the mother-in-law had not shared the common shelter with the wife at any point in time and they have been sued in the offence in question falsely and with an ulterior motive.

He also submitted that the brother-in-law of the wife, has no concern with her matrimonial life of her and that the brother-in-law and sister-in-law were residing separately, and also have no concern with the marital life of the wife and husband. They have been falsely sued for the offence.

Arguments - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

He further submitted that the allegations made even if are taken at their face value and accepted in their entirety, do not prima facie constitute any offence or make out a case against the applicants.

The complaint is instituted with an ulterior motive for wreaking vengeance on the applicants and with a view to spite them due to private and personal grudges. The delay caused in registering the complaint is unexplained which washes out its credibility and hence he seeks to quash the FIR and the subsequent proceedings against the applicants.

Advocate for the wife submitted that specific allegations have been made against all the applicants, hence there is no question of quashing of FIR.

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Referred cases - 498A quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

1. Eknath Devkar and others Vs. State of Maharashtra

2. Geeta Mehrotra and others v. State of Uttar Pradesh

3. Shaikh Mushrraf Pasha and others Vs. State of Maharashtra

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Court opinion - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

For quashing the criminal proceedings under Section 482 CrPC court has to see, whether the allegations in the complaint and FIR prima facie establish the ingredients of the offense alleged. The court is of the view that under Section 482 CrPC, the court has inherent powers to make such orders as may be necessary to prevent abuse of the process of law to secure the ends of justice.

The FIR has been lodged by the wife, the wife has specifically stated that after the marriage, the wife along with the husband, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and father-in-law were residing together. The husband used to harass the wife at the instance of his father-in-law, mother-in-law, & brother-in-law.

The wife has further stated that an unlawful demand of Rs. 5 lakhs was made and on the said count, she was ill-treated, harassed, beaten up, and driven out of the house by the applicants. Since then she has been staying with her parents. She had taken efforts to resume cohabitation but in vain.

Court opinion - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

By reading the FIR it shows that the allegations in respect of the ill-treatment, harassment, and illegal monetary demand have been vaguely made against the applicants. The FIR shows that the brother-in-law and sister-in-law were residing at Pune, which is far away from the matrimonial home of the wife. No specific allegation is attributed to any of the brother-in-law & sister-in-law and the allegations leveled are omnibus and general in nature.

Thus, the court is of the considered view that the wife only with an intention to harass the husband and his family members has filed the complaint with an ulterior motive, also against far-off relatives i.e. brother-in-law & sister-in-law. Continuation of prosecution against them, who are far off relatives and reside separately, in our opinion, would amount to an abuse of the process of law.

The court is of the considered view that so far as brother-in-law & sister-in-law are concerned, there are no specific allegations against them and only with a view to harass them they have been arrayed as accused in the FIR. Therefore, in our view, this is a fit case wherein we should exercise our discretion under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to quash the FIR against them.

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Conclusion - 498A Quash after Chargesheet 19.08.2022

In this article, the Bombay High Court has held that the allegations made against the brother-in-law & sister-in-law are false and vague in nature. It is clear from the FIR that the allegations were made without attributing any specific avert act done by them just to wreak vengeance.

The allegations made against the petitioners are made just to harass them and make them suffer through criminal proceedings as the allegations do not attract the provisions of Section 498A.

Therefore, the FIR against the brother-in-law & sister-in-law is quashed as a result.


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