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Hand over Merc to bank: Court

The district court has asked the city police to hand over a Mercedes Benz car, in which a man allegedly tried to molest a woman in the DLF City area in June, to HDFC Bank.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2011 00:28 IST
HT Correspondent

The district court has asked the city police to hand over a Mercedes Benz car, in which a man allegedly tried to molest a woman in the DLF City area in June, to HDFC Bank.

The car has been in police custody since then. The order came on Tuesday.

HDFC Bank's lawyer Harish Malhotra said chief judicial magistrate Jasbir Singh ordered the police to hand over the high-end car to HDFC Bank as it had granted loan to its owner, Hitesh Kapahi.

The bank had moved court to reclaim the car from the police.

Hitesh, a property dealer and resident of Palam Vihar, purchased the car in 2008 from Mumbai and owed more than Rs 15 lakh to the bank. But he allegedly committed suicide on April 24 this year.

His widow, Vandana Kapahi, said she did not have an objection if the vehicle was handed over to the bank, said Malhotra.

Hitesh had allegedly taken huge loans from various financial institutions and debts forced him to take the extreme step.

The police said Narendra Mehlawat, the accused in the molestation case, took away the car from Hitesh forcefully. They said that Hitesh might have owed some money to Mehlawat.