Mumbai, Mar 23: A 44-year-old woman passenger recently stumped Railway ticket checker after she refused to pay fine when former was caught without ticket in the train. Reportedly in her defence, woman said that authorities should first arrest and recover the loan dues from liquor baron Vijay Mallya before asking her to pay for the offence.
The incident occurred in a Mumbai train on Sunday when Premlata Bhansali, a mother of two was asked to show her ticket at Mahalaxmi station.
Railway Police said that when a lady ticket checker asked to pay up the fine of Rs. 260, woman said that they should first arrest Mr Mallya who owes the banks over Rs. 9,000 crore. Later, police arrested woman and sent her to jail for seven days.
"She was produced in the magistrate's court today and asked to pay the fine. But she declined and chose to go to jail for seven days," said Anand Vijay Jha, senior Divisional Security Commissioner of Mumbai division, Western Railway.
A Railway Protection Force officer said that a lady police constable tried very hard to persuade the woman to pay the paltry fine and go. "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.
(with inputs from PTI)