Published On : Mon, Aug 8th, 2016

Criminal proceedings against somalwar school teacher quashed

nagpur high courtNagpur: In a case wherein, a lady teacher of Somalwar High school, Khamla Branch was arrayed as an accused for the offences punishable under sections 420, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal code, the Division Bench of the High Court here has while giving a major respite to the applicant Jyoti S. Naidu directed that the Chargesheet as well as the Trial pending before the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Nagpur be quashed in the interest of Justice.

The accused teacher and her husband Shashishekhar Naidu had availed loan from Syndicate Bank to the tune of Rs. 9,50,000/- and later it was discovered that the salary certificate submitted while availing the loan was forged, pursuant to which the Headmistress of the school Smt. Atre had lodged the complaint at Ranapratap Nagar Police station. The signatures of the complainant were forged on the said document. The teacher also came to be terminated from services owing to the controversy. However, later when the teacher approached the school tribunal in appeal, the school management agreed to conditionally reinstate her and amicably settled the matter. Naidu thereafter also repaid the aforesaid loan availed from Syndicate back in toto and thus no loss to public exchequer was caused.

The accused teacher thereafter moved the High Court with her Petition and in the above background, the division bench of the High Court comprising of Justice Shri B.R. Gavai & Justice Shri V.M. Deshpande observed that this a fit case wherein this Court should exercise discretion under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to give an end to the criminal proceedings between the parties and quashed all the proceedings.

Advocate Aakash A. Gupta appeared for the applicant teacher & APP appeared for the State of Maharashtra.