Offence under Atrocities Act can be settled out of court: Bombay HC
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 00:31
Mumbai: In an important ruling, Bombay High Court has held that an offence under the Atrocities Act, can be 'compounded' in small offences.

Under the Criminal Procedure Code, a court can compound an offence (decide not to conduct prosecution) with the consent of the complainant in minor cases.

However, Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, enacted to prevent caste-related abuse and assaults, does not expressly provide for compounding.

In the case before the court, the complainant Akash Wadhmare was ready to withdraw the case registered under the Atrocities Act at Shivajinagar Police Station in Beed against his neighbour Dhananjay Bahergaonkar in June this year.

Justice A V Potdar of Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court while hearing the case held that even if Atrocities Act is silent on this aspect, offence under it can be compounded.


First Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 00:31

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