STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Criminal courts should not be used for settling scores: HC

Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan made the observation and set aside the proceedings, while allowing two criminal original petitions from Pavankumar and six others, on May 8.

Published: 16th May 2019 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2019 05:00 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court

Madras High Court (Photo | D Sampath Kumar, EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Holding that criminal courts should ensure that proceedings before it are not used for settling scores or to pressurise parties to settle civil disputes, the Madras High Court quashed a complaint from a farmer and the subsequent proceedings pending before a police station in Coimbatore.

Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan made the observation and set aside the proceedings, while allowing two criminal original petitions from Pavankumar and six others, on May 8.

In his complaint, S Palanisamy, an agriculturist, claimed that he owned 1.10 acre at Vilankurichi and one Pavankumar grabbed his land and sold it to another person. He had also filed a civil suit in this connection in 2016. However, Pavankumar claimed that he had obtained an ex-parte decree, mutated all the revenue records in his favour and sold the properties to six other accused, Palanisamy alleged.

Rejecting the plea, the judge said that the entire issues are civil in nature and there is no iota of evidence to constitute any of the offence as registered by the Coimbatore police. The complaint is nothing but a clear case of abuse of process of court and it cannot be sustained against the petitioners, the judge said. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp