New Delhi [India], December 21 (ANI): The Delhi High Court has quashed an FIR under rape charges observing "no useful purpose would be served in prosecuting the accused" after the woman apprised the court that she had made false allegations and tendered an unconditional apology submitting she does not want to pursue this case.
"Keeping in view the statement made by prosecutrix and the aforesaid fact though the present petition is filed for anticipatory bail, however, while exercising power under Section 482, CrPC, I hereby convert the present petition for quashing of FIR as no useful purpose would be served in prosecuting petitioner any further," a single-judge bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait said in its order dated December 14.
The bench held that the FIR registered at Jahangir Puri Police Station and consequent proceedings emanating therefrom are quashed.
"This court is conscious about the dictum of the Supreme Court in terms of seriousness of the case, however, keeping in view the fact that they remained friends for two years and are also relatives and had consensual physical relations with each other," the bench said.
Thereafter, they had a break up in the month of February, 2020 and the present FIR is registered on October 27, 2020," it added.
The prosecutrix, who appeared before the court through video conferencing, said she made false allegations of rape due to misunderstanding, which she said culminated into the present FIR and tendered an unconditional apology to the court.
The bench, noting that as per the directions of the Supreme Court FIRs should not be quashed in case of a heinous offence, said: "When the complainant herself takes the initiative and makes affidavits before this court, stating that she made the complaint due to some misunderstanding and now wants to give quietus to the misunderstanding which arose between the petitioner and respondent, in my considered opinion, there will be no purpose in continuing with the trial."
"Ultimately, if such direction is issued, the result will be of acquittal in favour of the accused, but substantial public time shall be wasted," said the bench, which was hearing a plea filed by the accused seeking directions to grant anticipatory bail or protection from arrest. (ANI)