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  • IntheCourtofMs.KaveriBawejaAdditionalSessionsJudgeSpecialFTC2(Central)

    TisHazariCourts:Delhi.

    SessionsCaseNo.:52/2014UniqueIDNo.:02401R0659852013

    State versusHarishSharmaS/oSh.YadramSharmaR/o3C422,BudhiVihar,Muradabad,UP.

    Casearisingoutof:

    FIRNo. : 216/2012PoliceStation : DBGRoadUnderSection : 376IPC

    Judgmentreservedon :12.10.2015Judgmentpronouncedon :31.10.2015

    JUDGMENT

    PROSECUTIONCASE:

    1. It is the case of Prosecution that on 25.05.2012, complainant

    'P.D.'(namewithheldinordertoprotectheridentity)cametoPSDBGRoad

    andgavestatementtoASIPushpaallegingcommissionofrapebyaccused

    HarishSharma. Atthesametime,shealsogaveinwritingthatasshehad

  • alsogivenacomplaintagainstaccusedatMahilaThanaatRaipur,wherethe

    matter is pending consideration, she does not want anyaction against the

    accusedforonemonthas.However,on26.09.2012,sheagaincametothePS

    DBGRoadandgotlodgedacaseFIRagainsttheaccusedHarishSharmaon

    thebasisofhercomplaintdated25.05.2012,thecontentswhereofarebeing

    enumeratedasunder:

    2. Thecomplainant'P.D.'isaresidentofRaipur. About1 year

    back,shecreatedaprofileonthewebsitejeewansathi.comformatrimonial

    purpose and found the details of one Harish Sharma, which she liked.

    Thereafter, shesentaproposal formarriagetohimandalsodisclosedher

    entirepersonaldetailstohim.Accusedacceptedherproposalformarriage

    throughhismobilephonesviz.,9759684740&9990111593andremainedin

    touch with her for 1 year on the pretext of marriage and gained her

    confidence.

    3. The complainant further stated in her complaint that on

    14.12.2011, accusedcalledher to Delhi to meet his family members. She

    reachedDelhibytrainon14.12.2011intheeveningandaccusedcameto

  • HazratNizammudinRailwayStationtopickheratabout6:30PMandinstead

    oftakinghertohishouse,hetookhertoahotelnamelyOrchidGardenat

    DBGRoad,KarolBagh,Delhi.Uponaskingofcomplainantastowhyhehas

    broughthertoahotel,accusedtoldherthathisfamilymemberswillcome

    aftertwodaystomeetherandthathewillintroducehertotheminthesame

    hotel. ThecomplainantbeingunknowntoDelhicity,hadnooption,butto

    stayinthesaidhotel.

    4. Thecomplainantfurtherallegedinhercomplaint thataccused

    hadestablishedphysicalrelationswithheragainstherwishesintheaforesaid

    hotelonthepretextofmarriage.Duetofearofdefamationinsociety,shedid

    notdiscloseanyoneaboutthisincident.FamilymembersofAccusedalsodid

    notcometomeether.AccusedaskedhertoreturntoherhouseatRaipurand

    assuredherthathewillcometherealongwithhisfamilytotalkabouttheir

    marriage. However, accuseddidnot turnupforthesame. Thereafter, the

    complainant also found that the Accused had closed his profile on

    jeewansathi.comandhadalsoswitchedoffhismobilenumbers.Complainant

    alsomadeseveraleffortsforcallingtheaccusedatMahilaThanaatRaipur,

  • but the accused did not turn up there. Thereafter, the complainant was

    constrainedtolodgeacomplaintagainsttheaccusedatPSDBGRoad.

    5. During the course of investigation, Complainant was got

    medically examined vide MLC No.15060 from LNJP Hospital and the

    exhibits collected fromthe hospital were taken into police possession and

    weredepositedintheMalkhanathereafter. Searchwasalsomadeforthe

    AccusedHarishSharmaathisofficeatMoradabadaswellashishouseat

    Amroha. Thereafter, Accused got Anticipatory Bail from the court on

    26.10.2015. However, he was formally arrested on 28.10.2015 and was

    joinedininvestigationandhismedicalwasalsogotconductedantheexhibits

    werealsocollectedfromthehospital.

    6. PolicealsomadefromthestaffofHotelOrchidGarden,DBG

    Road,Delhi.Statementofwitnesseswerealsorecordedduringinvestigation,

    exhibitsweresenttoFSLforopinionandaftercompletionofinvestigation,

    chargesheetwasfiledbeforethecourt.

    CHARGES:

    7. Upon committal of the case and on the basis of material on

  • record, Accused Harish Sharma S/o Sh.Yadram Sharma was charged for

    offence punishable under Sections 376 IPC vide order dated 05.08.2014.

    Accusedpleadednotguiltyandclaimedtrialwhenthechargewasreadover

    andexplainedtohim.

    PROSECUTIONWITNESSES:

    8. Prosecutionexamined15witnessesinallinordertoproveitscase

    whichmaybecategorizedasunder:

    (i) PublicWitnesses:

    9. Prosecutrix'PD'wasexaminedasPW1. Hertestimonywould

    bediscussedlaterinthecourseofthejudgmentinordertoavoidrepetition

    andforthesakeofbrevity.

    10. PW3Sh.PranavMahajan,Manager(Legal), InfoEdge(India)

    Ltd.deposedthatjeevansathi.comisawebsitewhichisownedandoperated

    by Info Edge (India) Ltd. He further deposed that on 27.09.2013, upon

    receiptofnoticeunderSection91Cr.PCfromSISangeeta(Ex.PW3/A),he

    submitted the requisite information vide his lettercumcertificate under

    section 65B Evidence Act dated 30.09.2013 and proved the same as

  • Ex.PW3/B.

    11. Sh.Sanjay Gupta, Manager of Hotel Orchid Garden was

    examinedasPW5. HeidentifiedentryNo.4308dated14.12.2011madein

    theHotelRegisteranddeposedthatasper thesaidentryat Srl. No.4308,

    Accused Harish Sharma and Prosecutrix 'PD' checked into their hotel on

    14.12.2011atabout6PMandcheckedouton16.11.2011at7:45AMand

    thatRoomNo.208wasallottedtothem. Healsodeposedthatthecopyof

    drivinglicenceofAccusedHarishSharmawastakenatthetimeofallotting

    the said room to themas identity proof as per the aforesaid entry in the

    register.HealsoprovedphotocopyofthesaidentryasMarkPW5/A.

    12. PW6 Sh.D.R.Sarna, Chief Ticket Inspector, Nizamuddin

    RailwayStation,Delhideposedregardinghandingoverofthecertifiedcopy

    of Railway Chart for 28.07.2012 with respect to train No.12807 Samta

    ExpresstoonepoliceofficialinthemonthofSeptember,2013andprovedthe

    sameasEx.PW6/A.Hefurtherdeposedthatthesaidcertifiedcopyhadbeen

    prepared from the original records which is submitted by the TT of the

    concernedtrainattheirrailwaystationuponterminationofjourney.Healso

  • provedthecertificategivenbyhiminthisregardasEx.PW6/B.

    13. PW7Sh.ManoharLalwasexaminedinordertoprovetheGuest

    EntryRegister,CCTVfootageanddocumentspertainingtostayofAccused

    andProsecutrix inhotelOrchidGarden,DBGRoad,Delhifortheperiod

    14.12.2011to16.12.2011.Thiswitnessalsoprovedtheoriginalguestentry

    register which was seized vide seizure memo Ex.PW7/A and the

    photocopiesoftheentrybearingNo.4308dated14.12.2011atpage50ofthe

    registeralongwithdocumentsfurnishedbyAccusedHarishSharmaandother

    documentsasEx.PW7/P2(Colly)(runninginto08pages.).

    14. PW8 Sh.Javed Akhtar, who is working in IDBI

    Bank,Muradabad Branch as Assistant Manager produced the summoned

    recordi.e.OriginalattendanceregisteroftheirbranchfortheperiodJanuary,

    2012 till June, 2013 and proved the attendance sheets for the months of

    September, 2012 and October, 2012 as Ex.PW8/A and Ex.PW8/B

    respectively. He further deposed regarding the attestation of the said

    attendance sheets by their Branch Manager Sh.Shehbaz Imam and also

    identifiedhissignaturesashehadseenhimwritingandsigningintheregular

  • courseofhisdutyinthebank.

    Doctors:

    15. PW4isDr.Neelima,whopreparedtheMLC(Ex.PW4/A)ofthe

    Prosecutrixon26.09.2012onthebasisofallegedhistorygivenbyher. This

    witnessfurtherdeposedthattheProsecutrixagaincametothehospitalonthe

    intervening night of 2627.11.2012 and she examined the Prosecutrix after

    obtainingherconsent. PW4alsoprovedherdetailedasEx.PW4/Bonthe

    backsideofMLCEx.PW4/A,bearinghersignaturesatpointA.Shecollected

    someexhibits,sealedwiththesealofhospitalandhandedoverthesametothe

    accompanyingpoliceofficials.

    Policeofficials:

    16. RemainingwitnessespertaintoinvestigationwhichincludeDuty

    OfficerHCBrijpalSingh,whowasexaminedasPW2.Hedeposedregarding

    recordingoftheFIRon26.09.2012andprovedthecomputerizedcopyofthe

    same as Ex.PW2/A and his subsequent endorsement on the same as

    Ex.PW2/B.

    17. W/SI Pushpa was examined as PW13. She deposed that on

  • 25.05.2012 while she was posted at PS DBG Road, the complaint of the

    Prosecutrix was assigned to her and she made inquiries from her. The

    ProsecutrixtroldherthatshehadalsofiledacomplaintagainsttheAccused

    HarishKumarinMahilaPSRaipur,ChhatisgarhandsheaskedW/SIPushpa

    forkeepinghercomplaintpendingforonemonthasthenextdateofhearingof

    hersaidcomplaintwas04.06.2012.

    18. PW13 further deposed that on 26.09.2012, Prosecutrix again

    cameinthePSandrequestedtotakeactiononhercompliantwhichwasgiven

    byherinPSDBGRoadon25.05.2012.PW13preparedtherukkaonthesaid

    complaintvideEx.PW13/AandgotregisteredtheFIR.Afterregistrationof

    theFIR,investigationofthiscasewasassignedtoW/SIR.P.MinzandPW13

    handedoveralltherelevantdocumentstoW/SIR.P.Minz.

    19. Ct.LalChandwasexaminedasPW14. Hedeposedregarding

    handingoverofrukkaandcopyofFIRtoW/SIR.P.Minzforinvestigationon

    26.09.2012.

    20. PW15is H/Ct. RajDulari whoalongwithIO/WSIR.P.Minz

    took the Prosecutrix to LHMC hospital on 26.09.2012 for her medical

  • examination.Shefurtherdeposedthattheexaminingdoctorhandedoversome

    sealedexhibitstoherwhichshehandedovertotheIO,wholaterseizedthe

    samevideseizurememoEx.PW10/A.

    21. Insp.R.P.MinzsteppedintowitnessboxasPW10.Shedeposed

    thaton26.09.2012,investigationofthiscasewasassigne