HC directs man to pay Rs 25,000 to quash case

The Delhi High Court ordered a man to pay Rs 25,000 to a blind school to have a dowry harassment case against him quashed, after an out-of-court settlement of his marital dispute with his former wife.

The case has been settled with the man paying Rs 16 lakh to his wife.

The man and his relatives had given a plea to quash the case against him, who said they have reached a mutual settlement.

Justice Suresh Kait ordered to quash the FIR lodged by the man’s wife earlier on condition of payment of an amount to a blind school in north Delhi.

Cost imposed

The court imposed the cost on man after the prosecutor asked it to penalise him financially for using the state resources and consuming the trial court’s time.

“While quashing the FIR, I direct the petitioner to pay a cost of Rs 25,000 in favour of the principal, Senior Secondary School for Blind Boys, Sewa Kutir, BBM Depot Road, Kingsway Camp, within two weeks with intimation to the SHO concerned,” Justice Kati said.

Marriage dissolved

The woman’s counsel told the court that their marriage was already dissolved by a decree of divorce in July 2011 by a trial court in Delhi.

The couple had reached the settlement after a chargesheet was filed in the case by police, the counsel said.

On a complaint by the woman against her husband and in-laws, police had lodged a case in 2010 under sections 498A (cruelty to a woman by her husband or his relative) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code.

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