For Juhu-based activist Anand Desai, being a stickler for rules and taking on a constable for riding without a helmet came at a heavy price.
While the cop in question was let off for a nominal fine of Rs.100, a non-cognisable offence was registered against Desai for “threatening” the cop
In the ensuing blame game, Desai claimed that he was merely questioning the cop for breaking a basic traffic rule, but police alleged that there had been an altercation between the two.
On Monday, while on his way to work, Desai spotted the police constable riding his bike without a helmet. Desai said that when he stopped the cop and asked him why he was breaking the law, the constable argued with him.
The activist alleged that the cop then followed him and stopped him at the next signal. “He then called the beat officer and complained that I had threatened him,” said Desai.
Desai was asked to come to the DN Nagar police station, where the non-cognisable offence – where no FIR is registered — was filed against him.
But Desai said that the complaint was baseless as he had not fought with or threatened the cop.
“My only argument was when authorities do not follow traffic rules, what kind of example are they setting for the public?” he asked.
While action was promptly taken against Desai, the constable was fined only after a senior police officer intervened.
Vijay Bhoite, senior police inspector, DN Nagar police, confirmed the incident and said that the defaulting constable was fined Rs.100 for not wearing his helmet.
“We had to register a non-cognisable offence against Desai because there was an altercation between the constable and him,” said Bhoite. “Following the procedure, the constable was fined for not wearing a helmet, and we warned him,” he added.