when the criminal complaint is purely an offshoot of the civil dispute between the parties, it is a clear case of abuse of process of law and is to be quashed.

  1. 2020 APEX COURT [33 ]- when the criminal complaint is purely an offshoot of the civil dispute between the parties,  it is a clear case of abuse of process of law and is to be quashed. The Apex court held that  It seems there is a dispute between the daughter-in-law and the mother-in-law. Thus, the mother-in-law of the seller filed a civil suit as well as lodged a criminal complaint against the appellants. The matter is pending before the Civil Court in respect of validity of sale deed. The allegations made in the complaint are all frivolous. No injuries are sustained by anybody. Be that as it may, we find 2 that it is a clear case of abuse of process of law. The impugned judgment is set aside. The proceedings in CC  stand quashed.