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Andhra Pradesh High Court Quashes F.I.R. on Grounds of Previously Existing Orders 

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In the case of Pangi Anji vs the State of Andhra Pradesh, the honourable Shri Justice Cheekati Manavendranath Roy allowed the petition filed under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. The petitioners filed the criminal petition seeking quashing of the F.I.R. filed against them in the crime no. 990 of 2020. 


In this case, petitioners were accused under sections 272 and 273 of the Indian penal code, 1860. An F.I.R. was registered against them in crime no. 990 of 2020 of Chodavaram police station, Visakhapatnam rural. The petitioners sought to quash the F.I.R. filed against them according to the common order passed by the court in the criminal petition no. 5103 of 2019, and also plead that the prosecution launched against them was not maintainable.  

Arguments Before the Court

The learned counsel for the petitioners submitted that as per the common order passed in the criminal petition no. 5103 of 2019 and batch, the court has quashed several F.I.R.s registered for the same offences the petitioners were accused of. The learned counsel also contended that the matter of the petitioners is a covered matter. So, the F.I.R. registered against them should be quashed. 

The learned additional public prosecutors also said that the matter was a covered matter according to the order passed in the earlier petition. He prayed to pass appropriate order according to the law in this petition. 

Court’s Analysis

According to the common order passed in the criminal petition no. 5103 of 2020, several F.I.R.s, registered under section 270 and 273 of the Indian penal code and under section 22 r/w 5 of the cigarettes and other tobacco products act, 2003., were quashed. The matter of the petitioner also falls under the same offences and is a covered matter. 

Court’s Decision 

The court allowed the criminal petition and quashed the F.I.R. filed against the petitioners in crime no. 990 of 2020. Miscellaneous petitions, if any pending, in this criminal petition, were also held closed.   

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