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SoBo woman, who refused to pay fine citing Vijay Mallya, jailed for 7 days

South Mumbai woman, ticketless traveller, 7 year jail

Picture courtesy: Mumbai Mirror

The 44-year-old mother of two, who was in the news yesterday for refusing to pay Rs 260 fine demanding that authorities should force Vijay Mallya to pay his dues first, has been sent to Byculla jail for 7 days.

Premlata Bhansali of South Mumbai was caught travelling without a ticket on a Mumbai local on Sunday afternoon. Upon being asked to pay the fine for her offence, Bhansali got into a heated argument with rail authorities and police, and wanted to be presented before a magistrate.

Yesterday, when she was taken to the court, she accepted all the charges read out by the magistrate and yet refused to pay the fine, now amounting to Rs 1500. The court even reduced the fine to Rs 460 on humanitarian grounds.

However, she refused to budge and has said that she would not pay the fine even if she is jailed for six months or a year. With no option left, the magistrate had to send her to police custody for seven days.


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