I Found the Fourth One also by God's grace. Friends, kindly offer inputs & try your best to end false cases thru perjury.
CRA No. 197 SB of 2010 (O&M) 1 IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CRA No. 197 SB of 2010 (O&M)
Date of decision: 25-1-2010
Sunny Bhumbla .........Appellant Vs
Shashi .........Respondent CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE HARBANS LAL
Present: Shri K.S.Boparai, Advocate, for the appellant. HARBANS LAL, J.
This appeal is directed against the order dated 5.12.2008 Annexure P-1 passed by the court of learned Civil
Judge (Senior Division) Saheed Bhagat Singh Nagar vide which he allowed the petition moved under Section
9 of the Hindu Marriage Act, for restitution of conjugal rights leaving the parties to bear their own costs and
rejected the application moved under Section 195/340 Cr.P.C.
I have heard the learned counsel for the appellant, besides perusing the record with due care and
circumspection. The learned counsel for the appellant has submitted with great eloquence that after the
respondent admitted in her cross-examination about her employment, salary and inheritance of the landed
property, she again placed on record another affidavit dated 27.8.2008 solemnly affirming therein that she had
inadvertently not mentioned about the source of income as well as employment in the earlier affidavit dated
14.8.2008. Thereafter the appellant moved an application under Section 195 of Cr.P.C. for initiating
proceedings against the respondent for submitting a false affidavit CRA No. 197 SB of 2010 (O&M) 2 before
the learned trial Court, in order to get more maintenance from the appellant. The learned trial Court had
assured the appellant that his said application shall be decided alongwith the main case. While deciding the
main petition, in paragraph No. 13 of the judgment it has been observed that "in support of her claim for
interim maintenance under Section 24 of the Hindu Marriage Act, the respondent/applicant had made certain
assertions, which were found to be totally false and the same had apparently been done by her in a deliberate
manner. Consequently even an application for initiating suitable proceedings against her on account of her
having submitted a false affidavit was also filed by the petitioner on 3.9.2008. Thereafter, the respondent did
not press her claim for interim maintenance, but the same did not absolve her of the liability of the aforesaid
lapse. This court, however, does not wish to initiate any such proceedings against the respondent with the
hope that sooner or later, the parties may be in a position to resolve their dispute or else this young couple
may adopt such other means so that they can part their ways in a peaceful manner and therefore, with a view
to avoid undue complication of the matrimonial dispute, no action on account of submitting of the above false
affidavit etc. is being initiated against the respondent."
It is further argued that the learned trial Court has overlooked the fact that the respondent has used the false
affidavit in the judicial proceedings. Therefore, all the ingredients of the offences of cheating, forging and
perjury etc. are made out and consequently, the order passed by the learned trial Court in not initiating the
proceedings under Section 195 read with Section 340 Cr.P.C. is illegal.
CRA No. 197 SB of 2010 (O&M) 3 I have given a deep and thoughtful consideration to these submissions.
A careful perusal of the observations rendered by the learned trial Court in paragraph No. 13 of the impugned
judgment would reveal that there is not even a shred of reference to the application moved under Section 195
read with Section 340 Cr.P.C. This apart, no specific reasons have been apportioned for not initiating the
action on the basis of the alleged affidavit. The said application having been moved under the provisions of
the Code of Criminal Procedure was required to be disposed of separately. It was not desirable on the part of
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the learned trial Court to decide the said application in a slip shod manner by making mere passing reference
to the alleged affidavit. In the application moved under Section 340 of the Cr.P.C. if the Court deems fit,the
inquiry has to be held whereas in the present one, the impugned order is absolutely silent as to whether or not
inquiry was held. There is specific procedure which is to be followed while disposing of an application moved
under Section 340 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Section 340 of the Criminal Procedure Code reads as
"340.Procedure in cases mentioned in Sec.195--(1) When, upon an application made to it in this behalf or
otherwise any Court is of the opinion that it is expedient in the interest of justice that an inquiry should be
made into any offence referred to to in cl (b) of sub-section (1) of Section 195, which appears to have been
committed in or in relation to to a proceeding in that Court, or as the case may be, in respect of of a document
produced or given in evidence in a proceeding in that Court, CRA No. 197 SB of 2010 (O&M) 4 such Court
may, after such preliminary inquiry, if any, as it thinks necessary.
(a) record a finding to that effect.
(b) make a complaint thereof in writing
(c) send it to a Magistrate of the first class having jurisdiction.
(d) take sufficient security for the appearance of the accused before such Magistrate, or if the alleged offence
is non- bailable and the Court thinks it necessary so to do, send the accused in custody to such Magistrate; and
(e) bind over any person to appear and give evidence before such Magistrate.
(2) The power conferred on a Court by sub-section (1) in respect of an offence may, in any case where that
Court has neither made a complaint under sub-section (1) in respect of that offence nor rejected an application
for the making of such complaint, be exercised by the Court to which such former Court is subordinate within
the meaning of sub-section (4) of Sec.195.
(3) A complaint made under this section shall be signed (a) where the Court making complaint is a High
Court, by such officer of the Court as the Court may appoint.
(b) in any other case, by the presiding officer of the Court, and
(4) In this section, "Court" has the same meaning as in CRA No. 197 SB of 2010 (O&M) 5 Sec.195."
A glance through the impugned order would reveal that the learned trial Court has given a go by to the
provisions of Section 340 Cr.P.C. The approach adopted by the learned trial Court is unwholesome and is
depreciable. The impugned order is absolutely silent as to whether the application has been dismissed or
allowed, if so for which reasons. In consequence of the preceding discussion the trial Court is directed to
decide the application under discussion in accordance with law. This appeal stands disposed of accordingly.
January 25, 2010
NOTE: Whether to be referred to the Reporter or not? Yes/No