Ticket-less traveller refuses to pay fine, asks police to catch Mallya first

Ticket-less traveller refuses to pay fine, asks police to catch Mallya first

Submitted by rajiv on Wed, 2016-03-23 15:26 Bengaluru: The government’s handling or rather mishandling the Vijay Mallya saga seems to be having strange side-effects. A 44-year-old woman from Mumbai, who was caught for travelling without a ticket, has chosen to go to jail for seven days rather than pay a fine of Rs 260. And the reason? The woman wanted authorities to first arrest and recover the loan dues from liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Premlata Bhansali, a mother of two, who lives in a high-rise in plush Bhuleshwar area in south Mumbai, was caught by a ticket-checker on Sunday at the Mahalaxmi station, reported news agency PTI Asked to pay the fine, Bhansali, according to the Railway Police, said they should first arrest Mallya who owes the banks more than Rs 9,000 crore, reported PTI. “She was produced in the magistrate’s court and asked to pay the fine. But she declined and chose to go to jail for seven days,” the PTI report quoted Anand Vijay Jha, senior divisional security commissioner of Mumbai division, Western Railway, as saying. A Railway Protection Force officer said that a lady police constable tried to persuade the woman to pay the paltry fine. “But she spent nearly 12 hours arguing with railway officials, demanding to know why the authorities were going soft on Mallya and harassing the common man.” The police even summoned her husband Ramesh Bhansali but she refused to pay the fine and insisted on serving the seven-day jail term, the officer said.