The Bombay High Court imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on a woman for filing a false rape complaint against her boyfriend, as it struck down the case after she filed a petition saying she did not wish to pursue the matter.
A division bench of Justices R D Dhanuka and V G Bisht on Tuesday directed the woman to pay Rs 25,000 to the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund within four weeks.
If the fine is not paid, then its order quashing the FIR against the man shall stand vacated, the bench said.
The woman had registered an FIR against her boyfriend at Nalasopara police station in Palghar district on March 16, alleging that he had drugged and raped her.
Last month, the complainant, however, approached the high court seeking to quash the case, saying she had filed the FIR under pressure from her family.