Suresh Rana, the driver of a judge in a Gurgaon court, is facing charges of stealing his owner's car.
Rana was so busy tucking into a plate of chhole-bhature that he forgot to keep an eye on the Toyota Innova car parked a few metres away. The keys were in the ignition and all the thief had to do was drive away.
The incident occurred on May 27 outside a joint in East of Kailash.
Returning after his lunch, Rana realised his car had been stolen. When he went to lodge a complaint at the local police control room, he was named as an accused in the FIR, to his shock.
Police said his “conduct raised suspicion on his being involved in stealing the car” and even the Superintendent of Gurgaon had raised suspicions in this regard.
Fearing arrest, he rushed to the Delhi High Court seeking an anticipatory bail. His lawyer RL Goel admitted negligence on the part of his client but said he was not involved in the theft.
Goel also produced copies of various FIRs registered with regard to the similar theft that had taken place in nearby Amar Colony.
Opposing grant of bail, Delhi police counsel Pawan Sharma submitted Rana’s role in the theft needed to be probed.
Coming to his defence, Justice Gambhir said, “In normal circumstances, no government employee would commit such an act at the cost of his service. There appears to be apparent carelessness on the part of the petitioner in leaving the keys inside the car but the concerned Investigating Officer (IO) in his over zealousness implicated him as an easy target.”
Granting bail to Rana, the judge said, “It seems the IO has not taken due care even to look at the previous FIRs complaining about similar thefts taken place in the same vicinity nor he bothered to verify the antecedents of the complainant.I am not satisfied with the kind of investigation being carried.”