Telephone Bill Collector's Encounter with a Civil Court Judge...

Narayana Swamy
Daijiworld Media Network

Bangalore, Feb 1: Quite often we hear of 'rowdies' being used by credit card companies and banks for recovering their outstanding loans. The method is quite common in India. This last resort used by lenders to recover dues has quite a few times hit headlines, and become a matter of debate too.

But here is a leading private telephone service provider's executive, who not only threatened to kill a civil court judge, but even abused him with foul language in a bid to collect a pending bill amount.

Anekal's chief civil judge G Ragavendra's wife had a telephone connection, but her phone was disconnected sometime during May 2010. After about couple of months, a person by the name of 'Raj' called Justice Ragavendra from mobile number 9945119298 and asked him to pay the pending bills. Unaware of any outstanding bill, Justice Ragavendra asked 'Raj' to send a copy of the bill to his address and said that he would pay the amount accordingly.

The same person called him again on August 14, 2010 from a different mobile number (9632175572) and told him that he would not send any notice or bill, but send only a company representative to whom he should pay the money. He is said to have even hurled verbal abuses at Justice Ragavendra. Annoyed by the foul language, Justice Ragavendra told him that he was a civil court judge and requested him to talk with respect and manners. But 'Raj' kept on abusing him, threatening to kill him, saying, "Whatever you are, I do not pay my money". Disappointed and angry at such behaviour, Justice Ragavendra disconnected the call. But the same person called him on his landline number, and again threatened to send rowdies to collect the money.

Having noted down his mobile numbers, Justice Ragavendra filed a complaint with the police, and found that the person who called in the name of 'Raj' was Peter Solomon, working for Airtel company as a bill collection executive.

However, the police, though they interrogated the accused, could not arrest him immediately. He was arrested only on Jan 23, 2012 ! (Case number 195/2010, section 504-505).

But here is the interesting part. For Solomon's bad luck, the case is now in court, and under the jurisdiction of none but Justice Ragavendra, who would be hearing the case himself!

Raj alias Solomon would never have imagined that the person he abused and threatened to kill would be the person passing the judgement too!

Justice Ragevendra sent him to jail for five days. And most interestingly, as the case is eligible for bail, on a humanitarian ground without harbouring grudge against Solomon, Justice Ragevendra granted him bail too!


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  • Raj Sharma, New Delhi

    Fri, Feb 10 2012

    An employee should always be careful while earning his livlihood so that he does not cross the limits of law. Even the company will show him the door.

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  • Abraham Coutinho, Mundkur/Bombay

    Fri, Feb 03 2012

    Mr. Harry, Coorg/Bangalore. Your doubt is correct. Civil and Criminal cases are to be handled in separate courts. In the pressent case, how come a Judge of Civil Court is handling Criminal Case meant for Majistrate of a Sessions Court?.

    The head of court for Civil is called the Judge and for Criminal is called the Majistrate. It is in general.

    For a District, there is a District Court. Head of it is called the "District & Session Judge".

    This court has Original Civil Jurisdiction (besides High Court)which derives its jurisdiction in Civil matters primarily from Code of Civil Procedures (CPC)

    This District Court is also a Sessions Court (Criminal) when it exercises its jurisdiction on Criminal Matters under Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC).

    Therefore,the Civil Judge of such court can handle Criminal cases also.

    If a large city is divided into District, then such court in the city is called Metropolitan Court.

    Since you are interested in the legal matter, let me tell you that Civil and Criminal matters can not be clubbed together and also should be tried in respective courts only excepts in the two cases - one regarding Defemation and the other one regarding Alimony. These two cases can be tried in either of the Courts. In Criminal Court, if you want punishment to the accused (sending him to prison) or in Civil Court if you want to claim damages (compensation/money).

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  • John Pinto, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 02 2012

    I think it was a wrong no. Justice Raghavendra , Pls forgive that crazy staff of Airtel.He is forced to do it for his livelihood.

    No doubt the language the staff used was filthy.

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  • Louis, Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 02 2012

    Air tel is useless, now days canceling sims without prior information. Activating services which are not approved by customer just to make money. If you charge your Airtel sim with Rs. 200 It will be over in a week, whether u use it or not. During my visit I went to their office n shouted them for canceling my three prepaid roaming lines with life time. Vodaphone is the best for roaming. Solomen should get rigorous imprisonment n fine for abusing the judge. The judge gave him bail without keeping grudge.

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  • Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Thu, Feb 02 2012

    send rowdies to 'east timor'...!!

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 02 2012

    When Court Announcer announce like this: “Justice Ragevendra Hajeer Ho”. Will he get up from the Justice Seat and appear in the witness Box? His judgment will be like this “tamam gawaonke bayaan sunne ke baad, ye Adalat es natheeje par pahunchi hai ki, Justice Ragevendra shall pay equal amount of pending bill as a fine apart from settling the due amount and Peter Solomon shall pay equal amount of pending bill as a fine for using foul language towards Justice Ragevendra”

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  • JRAO,

    Thu, Feb 02 2012


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  • Rammohan, Puttur

    Thu, Feb 02 2012

    The judge should have requested with superior court for transfer of the case to some other court as he himself was complainant.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    A goon threatened my friend (anesthesia Doctor) with gun ended up on heart surgery, doctor said, now your life is in my hand, but I will try my best to save you!! Daiji readers, It is a true story!!

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  • Manohar Veigas, Udupi

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    It is very clear that the Airtel Bill Collection excecutive acted on behalf of the Company and his behaviour though uncalled for,may be warranted by his Company. So in the interest of the public at large, it would have been appropriate for the victim, who in this case is the civil court judge himself to make the Company the party to this case, who is ultimately responsible for victimising its customers and in that course making its employees a scapegoat.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Loretto/Mumbai/Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    The practice of hiring goondas for recovery is very common now and mostly adopted by the new pvt. banks and service companies! Otherwise, how would one imagine ICICI bank to become the second largest bank after SBI in such a short span of time after its inception not withstanding its highly efficient system, then too!! I feel sorry for the judge who had to face this humiliation but, I feel persons in power too should have a dose of such medicines so that they can understand the seriousness of the crime when hearing cases of the peasants and poor!! The point to be noted is a multitude of people do intentionally defraud banks and utility cos. after using their services and these cos. have no recourse other than to use force.

    This has happened during the dot com boom in Mumbai wherein a no. of outside IT techies took huge loans/utilized maximum of services and left for foreign shores leaving the banks and utility cos. high and dry!! So such type of situation should be viewed with an open mind!! I personally feel there is a very very high "default" level in our Mangluru be it housing, auto, mortgage, utility services, believe it or not! So just blaming and cursing the organization behind such a condemnable act is highly debatable......

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    This incident remidns me of a bribe case where person from Electricity Dept.demanded bribe from Sub Inspector's wife.When she told him that her husband was a police officer,he calmly said "this is usual charge and nothing new ". She gave him bribe and phoned to her husband. Within hlaf an hour person who took bribe was in police lock up .It happened in Bihar.

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  • Dr S Kamath , Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    One of my close friend and Doctor from Chennai had the same type of problem .The Company also same Air Tel .But that friend eventhough he didnt owed any pending bills immediatly paid out of fear .I strongly condemn this kind of act by Air tel mobile co .The problem lies at the higher managemnt level not at the level of poor Peter Solomon which needs to tackled .Any way good jesture by Justice Raghavendra

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    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    What a shock, man who threatend is waiting the judgement from the same whom he threaten.!! Company Representative Mr. Solomon is not the reason but the actual responsible for his ill behaviours is the person who is forcing, stressing Mr. Solomon to meet the target in the process of collecting the un paid bill from the customers.

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    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    Can someone explain how civil judge can handle criminal case? this is my knowledge.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    It is now an open lesson for the judicial system, how these heartless and ruthless bill collectors harass the delinquent customers. They need no mercy for the habit of harassment, but a few
    days or months in jail.

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  • L K Monu Borkala, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    How can we change? change makes a man fresh. but we Indian are not ready for change. First of Airtel is biggest cheater who activate value added service without customer confirmation. simply deduct currency for no reason. they are royally cheating their customer. please be careful while doing business with such type of company. almost all knows this fact. But still not taking any action against them.

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  • praveen, mangalore

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    a similar thing is happening to my friend who only has a name similar to another person who has defaulted on a credit card.these people can use legal means to recover money than resort to such cheap tactics.hope the judge takes strong action against airtel

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 01 2012

    These kind of ill behavior if can happen to a Judge, what would be the fate of normal citizens.

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