A division bench of Apex Court relying on landmark 3-judge bench decision here, held as follows,
From Para 5,
5. Mr. S.Nagamuthu, learned senior counsel for the appellants submits that the marriage between the parties has been held to be null and void by the judgment of the High Court of Madras, Madurai Bench by order dated 25.02.2021. He therefore submits that in view of the judgment of this Court in the case of Shivcharan Lal Verma v. State of Madhya Pradesh reported in (2007) 15 SCC 369, the conviction under Section 498-A IPC would not be sustainable.
From Para 7,
P Sivakumar and 2 Ors Vs State of Tamil Nadu on 09 Feb 2023
7. Undisputedly, the marriage between the appellant No.1 and PW-1 has been found to be null and void. As such the conviction under Section 498-A IPC would not be sustainable in view of the judgment of this Court in the case Shivcharan Lal Verma’s case supra. So far as the conviction under Sections 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act is concerned, the learned trial Judge by an elaborate reasoning, arrived at after appreciation of evidence, has found that the prosecution has failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt. In an appeal/revision, the High court could have set aside the order of acquittal only if the findings as recorded by the trial Court were perverse or impossible.