Quashing a FIR against a man in a dowry harassment case, the Delhi High Court has imposed a cost of Rs.25,000 on him and asked him to deposit the amount to Senior Secondary School for Blind Boys at Kingsway Camp in North Delhi.

The man, Chandraveer Singh, has sought quashing of the case against him submitting that he had reached a settlement with his wife and paid Rs.8 lakh to her as a full and final settlement amount.

Before quashing the case, the Court checked the facts of the settlement with the man's wife and complainant in the case who was present in the Court. The estranged wife affirmed the settlement.

However, counsel for the prosecution urged the Court to impose a heavy cost on the petitioner as he had used the machinery of the State and consumed the precious time of the Court.

Allowing the submission of the prosecution, Justice Suresh Kait said: “ I find force in the submissions made by learned APP for State, and impose a cost of Rs.25,000 to be paid by the petitioner….in favour of Principal, Sr. Secondary School for Blind Boys, Sewa Kutir, B.B.M. Depot Road, Kingsway Camp, Delhi, within four weeks.

“Keeping in view the settlement arrived at between the parties, statement of respondent No. 2/complainant, I quash FIR No.174/2003, P.S. Rohini, under Sections 498A/494/406/506/34 Indian Penal Code, and all proceedings emanating there from,” Justice Kait said.

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