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Compromise can be arrived in personal criminal matters: SC In criminal proceedings where the question involved is of a purely personal nature and not related to public interest, courts can accept the compromise deed arrived by the disputing parties, the Supreme Court has said. A bench of Justices H S Bedi and Tarun Chatterjee reasoned that no purpose would serve by prolonging the litigation as it would help save the court's precious time. The apex court's ruling assumes significance as under the law, unlike civil disputes, criminal proceedings cannot be compromised by the parties, except where a particular provision of the law provides for it. In this case, two parties engaged in business activities in Punjab's Amristar town had a dispute wherein one of the aggrieved party filed a criminal case against the other under various Sections including 406 IPC (criminal breach of trust). But during the pendency of the dispute, the parties agreed for a compromise and the parties filed an application in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for quashing the case by citing the compromise reached between the parties. After the Punjab Government took the stance that the case cannot be compounded or compromised as the amount involved in the dispute was over Rs 250, the High Court rejected the plea for quashing the case.
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