Allahabad HC Dismisses Petition Seeking Quashing of FIR under Anti Conversion Ordinance and POCSO

Recently, the Allahabad High Court at Lucknow has dismissed a Petition seeking quashing of FIR filed under Anti Conversion Law and POCSO Act.

A writ petition was filed by the petitioners namely Imran Khan @ Mohd. Imran and Nazma Khatoon, seeking quashing of the First Information Report under Sections 354, 354(Gha), 506 I.P.C. & Sections 7/8 of POCSO Act & Sections 3/5 Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, with a further prayer for directing the respondent Nos.2 & 3 to provide security to the petitioners.

The A.G.A. pointed out that the charge sheet has been prepared against the petitioner and the same will be submitted to the competent court shortly.

Thereafter counsel for the petitioners submitted that the Impugned F.I.R. has been lodged by the respondent No.4 against the petitioner No.1, in which the petitioner No.1 has already got himself bailed out. He further submitted that the petitioner No.2 is the mother of the petitioner No.1 and the respondent No.4 is harassing them, hence, they have come up before the Court by filing the present writ petition.

After having examined the submissions and perusing the F.I.R., a Division Bench of Hon’ble Justice Ramesh Sinha and Hon’ble Justice Rajeev Singh, opined that 

the accused-petitioner No.1 has already got himself bailed out in the present matter and the impugned F.I.R. discloses cognizable offence against the petitioner No.1, hence, no interference is called for by this Court in its extraordinary power under Article 226 of the Constitution of India for quashing of the F.I.R. or for grant of any interim relief to the petitioner.

In view of the same, the present petition has been dismissed.

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