Pune: A builder has been booked by officials of the Bund Garden police station after he escaped from the District Consumer Forum (court) premises while its staff were making a call to the police, asking them to take him into custody.
Based on a complaint from the forum’s registrar, the police have charged builder Vijay Rajaram Dhumal, a resident of Malegaon Budruk in Baramati, for offences under section 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The incident took place at around 1.30 pm in the consumer court located in the new administrative building opposite Council Hall. An execution application had been filed against Dhumal for not complying with the orders of the Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, which had directed him in July 2015 to complete his residential project and form a society, besides making a registered agreement for a flat in favour of the complainant, Archana Kumbhar of Gunwadi in Baramati.
He was also ordered to pay Rs 28,000 compensation. The woman had moved the forum after his incomplete construction of the project. As he was not appearing before the forum and also not complying with the orders, an arrest warrant was issued against him.
On Friday, Dhumal appeared before the forum and applied for cancellation of the warrant through his lawyer. However, the forum rejected his application and took him in magisterial custody at 12.30 pm.
Dhumal was made to sit in the court hall and a peon was asked to get his jail warrant made from the stenographer. After getting signature of the consumer forum president, the peon asked the registrar to call the police.
The registrar called the Bund Garden police station and asked for two constables. Meanwhile, when the peon went to bring the accused, he had already fled. Later, on the basis of the order of the forum president, an FIR was registered against him.