2020[3] APHC -498 A

Criminal Revision Case  under Sections 397 and 401 of Cr.P.C.- Section 498- A IPC and Section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act  .- Fir as counter blast to Divorce summons – non explanation of 6 months delay in lodging criminal case – Evidence which is  omnibus and vague in nature, attributing acts of harassment without giving any specific month, date or period, when such harassment took place – The usage of word ‘harassed’ in loose manner, in my view, cannot be taken as amounting to cruelty, unless, the evidence disclosing the nature of the harassment falling within the meaning of cruelty as deposed in 498A IPC – accused is entitled for benefit of doubt – when the evidence of prosecution witnesses with regard to allegations of harassment made against in-laws and others was disbelieved by the court below.