Udupi, Oct 26, 2017: Girija Balegar, 80, who was cheated of her hard-earned money, will soon get justice.
The Human Rights Protection Foundation (HRPF) had publicised this issue at a press conference here about two weeks ago. In a press release issued on Wednesday, Ravindranath Shanbhag, HRPF president, said the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Mangaluru, has ordered the arrest of Ram Poojary, who cheated Ms. Balegar, and the seizure of his properties. The misappropriated amount of Rs. 2.25 lakh is to be repaid to Ms. Balegar by selling the properties. Ms. Balegar, who is unmarried, used to make ends meet by selling bangles. She used to sell the bangles at homes, fairs, and markets. Her lifetimes savings of Rs. 2 lakh were deposited at the Kadri Cooperative Bank as a fixed deposit. But Mr. Poojary befriended Ms. Balegar and promised to take care of her during her old age. He then misappropriated Ms. Balegar’s savings, promised to repay her eventually, and went missing soon after.
Ms. Balegar approached the civil court in Mangaluru in 2014, which passed a judgment in 2016 ordering Mr. Poojary to repay an amount of Rs. 2.2 lakh, including interest. After struggling for 10 months to get back her money, she approached the HRPF. As she was suffering from health issues and was unable to sign and submit her complaint, the HRPF lodged a complaint on her behalf with the tribunal. Six months passed after the Assistant Commissioner, Mangaluru, ordered the Konaje police station to implement the order passed in favour of Ms. Balegar. Feeling no hope of the order being implemented, Ms. Balegar urged the HRPF to give the money to an orphanage, when it was made available. Meanwhile, Prasad Bhandary, the advocate who had handled the case earlier, filed an application against Poojary for contempt of court and urged that Ms. Balegar’s money be repaid by seizing his movable properties.
Now, acting on court’s orders, Konaje police have arrested Mr. Poojary, seized his maxicab and produced it in court. Dr. Shanbhag said the court was making arrangements for maxicab’s sale.
Courtesy: The hindu