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P&H High Court quashes FIR for marrying during lockdown without permission

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Punjab and Haryana quashed FIR against a couple in Haryana for marrying during lockdown without permission.

Haryana Couple were booked under Section 188 of the IPC for having solemnised marriage without permission from district administration in May, 2020 during lockdown last year.

Advocate Kunal Dawar, petitioner counsel, had approached Punjab and Haryana High Court against the quashing of order passed by Additional Sessions Judge, Faridabad, in a protection petition whereby the judge had directed registration of FIR for having solemnised marriage without permission from District Administration on May 7, 2020.

Petitioner sought quashing of FIR registered under Section 188 of the IPC against them at Sector 7 police station in Faridabad, on the ground that there was no ban on solemnisation of marriages and no permission was required for the same during lockdown, while the only restriction imposed was on gathering of guests to the maximum of 50.

Punjab and Haryana bench of Justice Ritu Bahri said, “In the present case, it is not the case of the respondents in the written statement that there was gathering of more than 50 persons in the marriage of the petitioners. As per marriage certificate, the marriage was attended by the petitioners, two witnesses and one Pandit”.