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Sneha Singh (Manager)     27 November 2012

498a quash - correct stage

What is the correct stage to go for Quashing 498a FIR ?

1. After Bail ?
2. After Chargesheet Prepared ?
3. Before Framing of Charges ?
4. During Discharge ?


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I love my parents (law)     27 November 2012

yes good question.I am also intresting to know the answer.But only from sr. lawyer

maks (SE)     27 November 2012

As the question states quashing of FIR, it must be before chargesheet.

once chargesheet prepared apply for quashing the 498A case.

It is just my understanding, and still waiting for experts opinion.


The proper stage is after bail but much before the filing of the chargesheet. If the petition for quashing is presented to the HC well in advance before the filing of the chargesheet, it may even stay the further proceedings including filing of the IO's report in the trial court. Most of the quash petitions get dismissed either because they are mistimed or are clumsily drafted and argued by the counsel.


The SC has categorically stated that a petition for quashing of 498A does not lie against the framing of charges as the accused has an alternate remedy i.e to file a criminal revision once he is charged by the magistrate.


Ashish Davessar



Supreme Court of India

Punjab and Haryana High Court

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Ashimta Lekhi Malhotra (Independent Lawyer)     28 November 2012

Nothing left to add after the answer of Mr.Davessar.

Sneha Singh (Manager)     28 November 2012

It will be really helpful for all the readers if some one can explain in more details.

I will be very Thankfull If Any Senior Advocate can add some more light on this.

Nitish Banka (lawyer)     27 January 2018

Posted by: nitish788  Categories: Uncategorized 


498a Quashing-How to Quash?

These days its quite an easy tasks for women to register a FIR by attributing allegations of cruelty and a case is registered and thereby the husband and his family members has to go harassment and torture. Now one remedy is available for them which can relieve them from all the harassment and torture and that is quashing of FIR under 482 CrPC. But this remedy is generally very sparingly and rarely exercised by the courts. Generally allegations of cruelty are mentioned in the FIR and based on this FIR is lodged but sometimes police forgets that in the cases of 498a general allegations of cruelty does not stand, the allegation must qualify either of the two parts as envisaged in section 498a.

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First part is that the harassment which can be physical or mental is of such a nature that it could cause women to put her under grievous hurt or she may even commit suicide based on such harassment, therefore only gravest form of harassment are covered, but less graver form of harassment can be used in civil suit for divorce. if the FIR does not satisfy this ingredient the Fir can be quashed as held

In Nagawwa v. Veeranna Shivalingappa Konjalgi, (1976) 3 SCC 736, it was held that the Magistrate while issuing process against the accused should satisfy himself as to whether the allegations made in the complaint, if proved, would ultimately end in the conviction of the accused. It was held that the order of Magistrate for issuing process against the accused could be quashed under the following circumstances: (SCC p. 741, para 5)    “(1) Where the allegations made in the complaint or the statements of the witnesses recorded in support of the same taken at their face value make out absolutely no case against the accused or the complaint does not disclose the essential ingredients of an offence which is alleged against the accused; (2) Where the allegations made in the complaint are patently absurd and inherently improbable so that no prudent person can ever reach a conclusion that there is sufficient ground for proceeding against the accused;
(3) Where the discretion exercised by the Magistrate in issuing process is capricious and arbitrary having  been  based  either  on  no  evidence  or  on  materials  which  are  wholly  irrelevant  or
inadmissible; and (4) Where the complaint suffers from fundamental legal defects, such as, want of sanction, or absence of a complaint by legally competent authority and the like.”

Shakson Belthissor vs State Of Kerala & Anr on 6 July, 2009

In order to understand the meaning of the expression `cruelty’ as envisaged under Section 498A, there must be such a conduct on the part of the husband or relatives of the husband of woman which is of such a nature as to cause the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health whether mental or physical of the woman.

Therefore if prima facie the charge sheet or FIR does not disclose an offence under section 498a the court can quash

the proceedings.

Warm Regards,

Adv.Nitish Banka

Advocate Supreme Court of India

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