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Delhi High Court expresses Anguish over Wrongly Invoked Sections 354A, 506 of IPC

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Ambika bhardwaj

Published On: January 27, 2022 at 18:30 IST

The Delhi High Court has conveyed its anguish on how Sections 354A and 506 of the Indian Penal Code were wrongly invoked in an FIR to register one’s dissatisfaction at the conduct of another person.

Justice Subramonium Prasad stated that the false invocation of the aforementioned provisions calls into question the veracity of the Allegations filed by every other victim who has actually faced Sexual Harassment, putting the cause of Women’s Empowerment at risk.

The Court made the statement while dismissing an FIR filed under Sections 354A and 506 against an Assistant Professor at the University of Delhi who is the Petitioner in the Case.

It was claimed that the Petitioner’s wife had lodged more than 20 Complaints against Respondent No.2 and her family members and all of them were currently on hold before numerous authorities.

Moreover, it was contended that the FIR against Petitioner consisted of only bald accusations and was filed with the police because Respondent No.2’s daughter-in-law was a member of the Delhi Police.

Advocate Kumar Piyush Pushkar who represented the Petitioner argued that the FIR should be Quashed because it was filed with Mala Fide intent and was an effort to coerce and arm-twist the Petitioner into withdrawing the Complaint that was filed by his wife.

The Court went on to say that a thorough reading of the Case disclosed that the FIR was just a counterblast filed to coerce the Petitioner and his wife into withdrawing the complaints lodged against Respondent No.2 and her family.

As a result, the FIR was dismissed by the Court.