* + IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI CRL.M.C. 2278/2016 Date of Decision: November 17th, 2016 SANJAY GANDHI ANIMAL CARE CENTER ........ Petitioner
Through Mr.Aditya Singla and Mr.Satyam Thareja, Advs. versus STATE OF NCT OF DELHI AND ANR ..... Respondent Through Mr.G.M. Farooqui, APP for the State. Respondent no.2 in person. CORAM: HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE P.S.TEJI P.S.TEJI, J.
1. The present petition under Section 482 Cr.P.C. has been filed by the petitioner, namely, Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre through Mr. Dilip Suri for quashing of FIR No.328/2013 dated 20.07.2013, under Sections
IPC registered at Police Station Alipur on the basis of Memorandum of Understanding executed between the petitioner and respondent no.2 namely, Sh. Genda Ram on 09.05.2016.
2. respondent-State submitted that the respondent No.2 present in the Court has been identified to be the complainant/first informant in the FIR in question by ASI Prem Chand.
3. The factual matrix of the present case is that the complainant is in the business of livestock business and he used to supply goats and sheeps to the Indian Army. On 16.07.2011, livestock was loaded in two trucks bearing nos. HR-37C-3837 and JK-03B-0979, to be Learned Additional Public Prosecutor for Crl.M.C. 2278/2016 Page 1 of 7 transported to Kashmir and Himachal. Both these two trucks were stopped by the persons namely, Amarjeet and Suman acting on behalf of NGO, People for animals. Both these persons called the police and made complaint to the police for registering a case against the owner of the livestock as well as against the drivers. On this, the police registered a kalandara. The said kalandara was produced before the court and accordingly the court imposed a fine of Rs.12,900/- and Rs.9,600/- and directions were issued for release of the animals to the owner. However, the animals were not released. The letter dated 18.01.2012 shows that the accused was ready to release only 55 goats and 30 sheeps. Another letter dated 23.03.2011 of the accused shows that has misappropriated the property which was so deposited with it by the police. died. Allegedly, animals the accused some had Thereafter, the complainant got lodged the complaint following which the FIR in question was registered against the petitioner. During the pendency of the proceedings, the matter was settled between the petitioner and the respondent No.2. Respondent No.2 present in the Court submitted that the dispute 4. between the parties has been amicably resolved. It is agreed that all the disputes have been ended peacefully and that the parties have promised to live peacefully and that no further disputes exist neither between the parties nor the families of the parties. It is agreed that respondent no.2 shall co-operate with the petitioners in the said quashing. Respondent No.2 affirmed the contents of the aforesaid Crl.M.C. 2278/2016 Page 2 of 7 settlement. All the disputes and differences have been resolved through mutual consent. Now no dispute with petitioner survives and so, the proceedings arising out of the FIR in question be brought to an end. Statement of the respondent No.2 has been recorded in this regard in which he stated that he has entered into a compromise with the petitioner and has settled all the disputes with it. He further stated that he has no objection if the FIR in question is quashed. In Gian Singh v. State of Punjab (2012) 10 SCC303Apex 5. Court has recognized the need of amicable resolution of disputes in cases like the instant one, by observing as under:-
"continuation of to abuse of process of “61. In other words, the High Court must consider whether it would be unfair or contrary to the interest of justice to continue with the criminal proceedings or criminal proceedings would tantamount law despite settlement and compromise between the victim and the wrongdoer and whether to secure the ends of justice, it is appropriate that criminal case is put to an end and if the answer to the above question(s) is in the affirmative, the High Court shall be well within its jurisdiction to quash the criminal proceedings.” 6. The aforesaid dictum stands reiterated by the Apex Court in a recent judgment in Narinder Singh v. State of Punjab (2014) 6 SCC466 The relevant observations of the Apex Court in Narinder Singh (Supra) are as under:-
"“29. In view of the aforesaid discussion, we sum up and lay down the following principles by which the High Court would be guided in giving adequate treatment to the settlement between the parties and exercising its power under Section 482 of the Code while accepting the settlement and quashing the Crl.M.C. 2278/2016 Page 3 of 7 proceedings or refusing to accept the settlement with direction to continue with the criminal proceedings:
29. 1 Power conferred under Section 482 of the Code is to be distinguished from the power which lies in the Court to compound the offences under Section 320 of the Code. No doubt, under Section 482 of the Code, the High Court has inherent power to quash the criminal proceedings even in those cases which are not compoundable, where the parties have settled the matter between themselves. However, this power is to be exercised sparingly and with caution. 29.2. When the parties have reached the settlement and on that basis petition for quashing the criminal proceedings is filed, the guiding factor in such cases would be to secure: (i) ends of justice, or (ii) to prevent abuse of the process of any court. While exercising the power the High Court is to form an opinion on either of the aforesaid two objectives. 29.3. Such a power is not to be exercised in those prosecutions which involve heinous and serious offences of mental depravity or offences like murder, rape, dacoity, etc. Such offences are not private in nature and have a serious impact on society. Similarly, for the offences alleged to have been committed under special statute like the Prevention of Corruption Act or the offences committed by public servants while working in that capacity are not to be quashed merely on the basis of compromise between the victim and the offender. 29.4. On the other hand, those criminal cases having overwhelmingly and predominantly civil character, particularly commercial transactions or arising out of matrimonial relationship or family disputes should be quashed when the parties have resolved their entire disputes among themselves. arising those out of 7. The inherent powers of the High Court ought to be exercised to Crl.M.C. 2278/2016 Page 4 of 7 prevent the abuse of process of law and to secure the ends of justice. The respondent No.2 agreed to the quashing of the FIR in question and stated that the matter has been settled out of his own free will. As the matter has been settled and compromised amicably, so, there would be an extraordinary delay in the process of law if the legal proceedings between the parties are carried on. So, this Court is of the considered opinion that this is a fit case to invoke the jurisdiction under Section 482 Cr.P.C. to prevent the abuse of process of law and to secure the ends of justice. The incorporation of inherent power under Section 482 Cr.P.C.
8. is meant to deal with the situation in the absence of express provision of law to secure the ends of justice such as, where the process is abused or misused; where the ends of justice cannot be secured; where the process of law is used for unjust or unlawful object; to avoid the causing of harassment to any person by using the provision of Cr.P.C. or to avoid the delay of the legal process in the delivery of justice. Whereas, the inherent power is not to be exercised to circumvent the express provisions of law. It is settled law that the inherent power of the High Court under 9. Section 482 Cr.P.C. should be used sparingly. The Hon’ble Apex Court in the case of State of Maharashtra through CBI v. Vikram Anatrai Doshi and Ors. MANU/SC/0842/2014 and in the case of Inder Singh Goswami v. State of Uttaranchal MANU/SC/0808/2009 has observed that powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C. must be exercised sparingly, carefully and with great caution. Only when the Court comes to the conclusion that there would be manifest injustice or there Crl.M.C. 2278/2016 Page 5 of 7 would be abuse of the process of the Court if such power is not exercised, Court would quash the proceedings.
10. It is a well settled law that where the High Court is convinced that the offences are entirely personal in nature and therefore do not affect public peace or tranquility and where it feels that quashing of such proceedings on account of compromise would bring about peace and would secure ends of justice, it should not hesitate to quash them. In such cases, pursuing prosecution would be waste of time and energy. Non-compoundable offences are basically an obstruction in entering into compromise. the main offence is compoundable but the connected offences are not. In the case of B.S. Joshi and others v. State of Haryana and another 2003 (4) SCC675the Hon’ble Apex Court observed that even though the provisions of Section 320 Cr.P.C. would not apply to such offences which are not compoundable, it did not limit or affect the powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C. The Hon’ble Apex Court laid down that if for the purpose of securing the ends of justice, quashing of FIR becomes necessary, section 320 Cr.P.C. would not be a bar to the exercise of power of quashing. justified the exercise of powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C. to quash the proceedings to secure the ends of justice in view of the special facts and circumstances of the case, even where the offences were non- compoundable. the Hon’ble Apex Court In certain cases, In the nutshell, In the light of the aforesaid, this Court is of the view that notwithstanding the fact that according to Section 320(2) Cr.P.C., the offence under Section 406 IPC is an offence compoundable only with Crl.M.C. 2278/2016 Page 6 of 7 the permission of the Court, therefore, there should be no impediment in quashing the FIR under this section, if the Court is otherwise satisfied that the facts and circumstances of the case so warrant.
11. In the facts and circumstances of this case and in view of statement made by the respondent No.2, the FIR in question warrants to be put to an end and proceedings emanating thereupon need to be quashed. this petition is allowed and FIR No.328/2013 12. Accordingly, dated 20.07.2013, under Sections
IPC registered at Police Station Alipur and the proceedings emanating therefrom are quashed against the petitioner.
13. This petition is accordingly disposed of. November 17, 2016 dd (P.S.TEJI) JUDGE Crl.M.C. 2278/2016 Page 7 of 7