Bombay HC cancels extortion cases against five people on condition of community service | Bombay News

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has quashed an extortion case against five people booked by Wanwadi Police in Pune following an amicable resolution of the case with the plaintiff, but on condition that the accused and the plaintiff will serve in a retirement home for a period of six months.

The Divisional Bench of Justice Prasanna Varale and Judge Anil Kilor, while hearing the motion filed by the five men, was told by attorneys Shriram Pingle and Shraddha Sawant that the five were within the age range of 25-29 years old and had been employed in the IT sector before they were booked, but lost their jobs after the case against them was registered and also could not find employment due to the case.

The court was further informed that they repented of what they had done to the plaintiff and that they were willing to undertake to abide by the conditions set by the HC for the cancellation of the FIR against them.

According to the plaintiff, a 30-year-old resident of Market Yard, he had made the acquaintance of the five young men and they enticed him to participate in online betting games with handsome returns for the amount he had invested in the game. Thus, the plaintiff invested a certain sum in the game after which the accused began to threaten him with death and appropriated the money he had invested.

Distressed at losing his money and being threatened with death, the plaintiff filed a complaint against the five. Wanwadi Police charged the five persons under Section 365 (abduction and forcible confinement), 384 (extortion), 504 (intentional incitement to commit an offence), 506 (criminal intimidation) read with 34 (act of several persons in the pursuit of a common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Bench was advised that Complainant and Defendant subsequently decided to resolve the issue amicably and that the dispute was mutual, they asked HC to rescind the FIR on this ground.

The HC accepted their submissions and also considered the affidavit filed by the Complainant giving consent to cancel the FIR voluntarily.

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“Considering the submissions of the learned counsel for the petitioners that the petitioners are young and eager to settle down in life forgetting the past and start their careers afresh. We have granted the petition in terms of prayer (a) on the condition that Applicants No. 1 to 5 and Respondent No. 2 periodically visit Niwara Old Age Home located in Sadashiv Peth, Pune.

The accused and the plaintiff were invited to visit and serve at the retirement home every first and third Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a period of six months and to present the certificate of their duly consented monthly attendance to the registry for a period six months.

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