‘Perjury A Heinous Crime, Complaints On It Shouldn’t Be Deferred’: Karnataka High Court
[16 September 2021]
The Karnataka High Court observed that consideration of complaints regarding perjury should not be deferred or delayed by courts. Justice Krishna S Dixit said “Act of perjury is treated as a heinous offence in all civilized societies; consideration of complaints with regard to the same cannot be deferred or delayed; otherwise there is all possibility of the fountain of justice being polluted.” The observation was made by the court while hearing a petition filed by an estranged husband challenging an order passed by the trial court, rejecting his application seeking to initiate perjury proceedings against his wife. The wife in support of her application for maintenance had filed an affidavit dated 07.11.2013, claiming that she was unemployed & did not have any income. The court rejected the application of the husband by its order dated February 6, 2015, holding the application to be premature.