Allahabad High Court Judgement

Allahabad High Court Judgement

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JUDGEMENT HEADLINE : S. 482 Cr.P.C.- No Allegation In Complaint That Accused Had Knowledge Or Reason To Believe Property As Stolen- Proceedings Quashed
JUDGEMENT TITLE : Babloo And Others Vs. State Of U.P. And Another On 16/11/2007 By Allahabad High Court
CASE NO : APPLICATION U/S 482 NO. 9791 OF 2004
CORAM : Hon'ble Raghunath Kishore Rastogi,J.

HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD

AFR Reserved

Criminal Misc. Application No. 9791 Of 2004
Babloo And Others Vs. State Of U.P. And Another
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Hon'ble R.K.Rastogi,J

This Is An Application Under Section 482 Cr. P.C. For Quashing The Proceedings Of Criminal Case No. 93 Of 2004, State Vs. Babloo And Others Pending In The Court Of Special Judge (D.A.A.), Agra Arising Out Of Case Crime No. 11 Of 2004 Under Sections 395,504,506,412 I.P.C. P.S. Jagdishpur District Agra.

The Facts Relevant For Disposal Of This Application Are That The Complainant Opp. Party No. 2 Filed A Complaint Against The Applicants And Five Unknown Persons Under Sections 395,506,504,412 I.P.C. With These Allegations That The Complainant Was An Engineer Employed At Nipika Corporatin Of India . He Has Got Two Children Out Of His First Marriage, But A Divorce Took Place With His First Wife, And His Both Children Are Studying At Mount Abu . After The Above Divorce, He Contracted Second Marriage With Veena Dohrey . Babloo Is Brother Of Veena Dohrey And Bhagwan Devi Is Mother Of Veena Dohrey And Kaptan Singh Is Husband Of The Sister Of Veena Dohrey. All These Persons Are Greedy And Quarrelsome. The Family Members Of The Applicants Were Exercising Pressure To Extract Money From The Complainant . On 3.4.2004 The Accused Babloo , Bhagwan Devi And Veena Dohrey Came To His House And Pointed Pistol On The Chest Of The Complainant And Asked Him To Give Key Of Almirah. Thereafter The Complainant Delivered Them The Key And Then They Looted The Entire Ornaments, Cash And Other Documents . They Went Away In A Marshal Vehicle Threatening That If Any Action Is Taken They Would Kill Him And Would Get His Children Kidnapped From Mount Abu .Then The Complainant Went To The Police Station Jagdishpura And Gave A Report .Then Under The Instructions Of The S.S.P. Agra The Police Of Police Station Jagdishpura With The Assistance Of Police Of Hathras Recovered Some Looted Articles From The Residence Of Kaptan Singh And Some Looted Articles Were Recovered On The Pointing Out Of Accused Babloo. The Police Took Kaptan Singh And Babloo Into Custody But Under The Political Influence They Released Kaptan Singh On That Very Day And Babloo Was Released On 6.4.2004. Though Looted Articles Were Recovered, Yet The Police Did Not Register Any Case Against The Accused Persons On Account Of Political Influence . On The Other Hand, The Police Registered A Case Against The Complainant Under Sections 498A,323,504 I.P.C. And ?? Dowry Prohibition Act As Case Crime No. 76 Of 2004. The Arrest Of The Complainant Was Stayed By The High Court In A Writ Petition Filed Against The Above F.I.R.
On The Above Complaint The Learned Special Judge (DAA) Summoned The Accused Persons Then They Filed This Application Under Section 482 Cr.P.C. In The Affidavit Filed In Support Of The Application Under Section 482 Cr.P.C. The Applicants Have Denied The Allegation Made In The Complaint And Have Alleged That This Complaint Was The Counter Blast Of The F.I.R. Lodged Against The Complainant Under Sections 498A,323,504 I.P.C. And ?? Dowry Prohibition Act.

A Counter Affidavit Was Also Filed By The Complainant Reiterating The Complaint Allegations. A Rejoinder Affidavit Was Also Filed . An Application Under Section 340 Cr.P.C. Was Also Moved By The Complainant Opp. Party No.2 Against The Applicants For Filing A False Affidavit And It Was Submitted That Action Should Be Taken Against Them Under Section 340 Cr.P.C.

I Have Heard The Learned Counsel For The Applicants , Learned Counsel For The Opp. Party No.2 And The Learned A.G.A. For The State.

Learned Counsel For The Complainant Opposite Party No. 2 Stated That The Application Under Section 340 Cr.P.C. May Be Dismissed As Not Pressed. It Is Accordingly Dismissed As Not Pressed.

Now I Take Up The Original Application Under Section 482 Cr.P.C.

It Is To Be Seen That The Applicants Who Had Moved This Application Under Section 482 Cr.P.C. Can Be Divided Into Two Categories . The First Category Is Of Babloo, Beena Doharey And Bhagwan Devi Against Whom There Are Allegations Of Committing Dacoity Along With Some Unknown Persons, And In View Of The Direct Allegation Against Them In The Complaint, Prima Facie, There Appeared A Case Under Section 395 I.P.C. Against Them. The Pleas Taken By These Persons Are Factual And They Can Not Be Adjudicated In This Proceeding Under Section 482 Cr.P.C. And So No Case For Quashing The Proceedings Against The Applicant No. 1 To 3 Is Made Out .

Now I Take Up The Case Of Applicant No.4 Kaptan Singh . He Is Brother In Law Of The Applicant No. 2 Veena Dohrey Who Is Wife Of The Complainant Opp. Partyp No. 2. Veena Dohrey's Sister Has Been Marred With Kaptan Singh . Kaptan Singh Is Resident Of Dixit Bhawan, P.S. Kotwali Hathras . He Does Not Reside With The Accused Applicants No. 1 To 3 Who Are Residing At Bheem Nagar Sahabar Gate , P.S. Kasganj District Etah. There Is No Allegation Against Kaptan Singh That He Had Participated In The Incident Of Dacoity At The House Of Complainant Opp. Party No.2 And The Only Allegation Against Him Is That Some Articles, Which Had Been Looted By The Applicants No. 1 To 3, Were Recovered From The House Of Kaptan Singh And The Allegation Against Him Is That Of Committing An Offence Under Section 412 I.P.C. Only.

Learned Counsel For The Applicants Submitted That There Is No Allegation Against Kaptan Singh In The Entire Complaint That He Had Knowledge Of This Fact That The Goods Kept By The Accused Applicant No. 1 To 3 At His House Were Looted From The House Of The Complainant Opp. Party No. 2 Or That He Had Any Reason To Believe That The Said Property Was The Looted Property. It Is Submitted That He Is Husband Of Real Sister Of Accused Applicant No. 2 Veena Dohrey And Applicant No. 1 Is His Brother In Law And Applicant No. 3 Is His Mother In Law, And If These Accused Applicants No. 1 To 3 Had Kept Some Articles At His House Without Informing Him That They Had Looted These Articles From The Complainant's House , He Had No Reason To Believe That These Articles Were Looted Articles And He Had Bonafide Kept Them At His House, Considering Them To Be The Property Of Accused Applicant No. 2 Veena Dohrey. He Further Submitted That Even If Accused Applicant No. 4 Had Any Knowledge Of Some Dispute Between The Complainant Opp. Party No. 2 And His Wife Veena Dohrey And If Veena Dohrey Left Those Articles Which She Had Carried From The House Of The Complainant Even Telling This Fact That She Had Brought These Items From The House Of The Complainant , He Could Not Guess That These Items Had Been Carried By Committing Dacoity And So No Case Under Section 412 I.P.C. Is Made Out Against Him.

Considering The Facts And Circumstances Of The Case As Well As The Above Fact That There Is No Allegation In The Complaint That Kaptan Singh Had Kept The Disputed Items At His House Knowing That These Items Were Looted Property Or That He Had Any Reason To Believe Them To Be The Looted Property, The Main Ingredient Of The Offence Under Section 412 I.P.C. Is Missing And So No Case Is Made Out Against Him. Hence I Am Of The View That The Proceedings Of The Case Against Him Deserve To Be Quashed.

The Application Under Section 482 Cr.P.C. Is Therefore, Partly Allowed And It Is Dismissed In Respect Of Applicants No. 1 To 3. But It Is Allowed In Respect Of Applicant No. 4 Kaptan Singh And The Proceedings Of Criminal Case No. 93 Of 2004, State Vs. Babloo And Others Pending In The Court Of Special Judge (D.A.A.), Agra Arising Out Of Case Crime No. 11 Of 2004 Under Sections 395,504,506,412 I.P.C. P.S. Jagdishpur District Agra So Far As It Relates To Applicant No. 4 Kaptan Singh , Are Quashed . The Application Moved By The Complainant Opp. Party No.2 For Taking Action Under Section 340 Cr.P.C. Is Also Dismissed As Not Pressed.

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