The Trombay police got an earful from the Bombay High Court on Thursday for insulting a complainant and not lodging a complaint.
Slamming the police, the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R.G. Ketkar transferred the investigation into the complaint of Hemant Singh to the Chembur police.
On March 30, two recovery agents of Magma FinCom Limited allegedly intercepted Singh’s driver — Anwar Khan — near Vashi naka, assaulted him and took away the vehicle.
They claimed that the vehicle’s owner had borrowed money from Magma to buy the vehicle and had defaulted on paying the installments.
When Singh went to Trombay police station to lodge a compliant, the police refused to take it down.
Singh requested the police to take Khan for medical examination but the police didn’t.
“The police said ‘People like you are a menace to society as you cheat banks and financial institutions by not repaying the borrowed money’,” said Singh’s lawyer Rajendra Sorwankar.
Singh then approached the high court. Public prosecutor Poornima Kantharia told the high court that a few days after the incident, the Deonar police — in whose jurisdiction the vehicle was taken by the recovery agents — got a letter from Magma that they took Singh’s vehicle by mistake.
The high court was irked as the police did not even question the recovery agents.
“No action on the part of the police has made the matter worse. It is high time the Trombay police took measures to improve the working of the police station,” the court said.