The Delhi High Court has quashed an FIR in an alleged extortion case against Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain and four of his associates after the complainant said he had reached a “compromise” and did not want to pursue the case.
The order passed by the bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi noted that the complainant, who was present in courtroom, had signed a compromise settlement deed, filed before the court.
“The parties have arrived at a settlement on 26.08.2016, which has been placed on record. The complainant states that he has not been subjected to any pressure or coercion and that he has entered the settlement out of his own free will. The complainant further states that he joins the prayer for quashing of the FIR in question,” the High Court bench said.
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The sessions court at Karkardooma had, on October 6, refused to grant anticipatory bail to the MLA, his brothers Irfan and Furquan Hussain, and their associates Hammad and Mohsin, observing that the matter was “serious” and “not compoundable”.
An FIR was registered against the minister and four others at Jafrabad police station in northeast Delhi earlier this year for alleged offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) and 389 (putting person in fear of accusation of offence, in order to commit extortion) of the IPC.
According to police, the minister allegedly demanded Rs 30 lakh from the complainant, warning that he would not allow construction work at his residence to go on, and that he would get the building demolished.
Police further alleged that the minister had sent co-accused Mohsin to the residence of the complainant, stopped the construction work and asked him to meet Imran in Jafrabad.
The complainant had informed the trial court that a compromise had been reached between the parties, and the MLA would move the High Court to quash the FIR, but the court had dismissed the anticipatory bail plea.