An event happened in reality is sheer confusing yet stunning, how tricky!
|A NARRATIVE PLOT OF GREAT INGENUITY
A man with elated mental abilities, and that, among other things, possessing explicit ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly to comprehend complex ideas, turns into an observable phenomenon. An event happened in reality is sheer confusing yet stunning, how tricky! Are these people dangerous to deal with?
THE EXCEEDING DISCOMFORT OF THE ARTIST
Steven Henley’s inventive skill, imagination and cleverness were more fertile than his talk in Australia. With the sound sense of good judgment, at the first instance of guided conscience, in 1986, he sold his steed named Hurricane. In fact, Hurricane had been his favorite horse for many years and Steven was a fierce rider. He had infused some of his own life force into this pet animal.
Now, after many years, aged and weak Hurricane was, as worthless as he appeared. He was more burden and responsibility than a valuable support that he owned. With a feeling of sadness, Steven sold his fine horse for a good price. With the money obtained from the sale of Hurricane, and what he had amassed for a decade, he planned to visit India. He had decided to purchase a big farmhouse. As a trainer, he wanted to take responsibility to prepare horses for races. Somehow, Steven had created a decorative image and a fantastic craze and fancy for Indian people, and Indian climatic conditions. He was aware that India is a land of many facades, innumerable cultures, thousands of languages, deeply religious, a God-fearing nation devoted to religion to the fulfillment of religious obligations. In return, some multi-millionaire Indians had taken a fancy for his horse training, talent was presumably superior in quality and impressively perfect.
As expected, he decided to take his girlfriend Amanda along to take the responsibility to put into effect their training activities in India. They together had to work on getting the horses race-ready and deciding which races a particular horse should enter. They were aware that foremost horse trainers earn a great deal of money from a percentage of the winnings that they charge the owner for training the horse. Both of them were well conversant with and knowledgeable of all intricacies of teaching of horses and the workouts involved.
A multi-millionaire Jelani Chand had invited Steven to India.
As a horse training program, Steven and Amanda were specialized in a particular equestrianism discipline. Equestrianism more often known as horseback riding, specifically, it refers to the proficiency and skillfulness in maneuver of horses thereon of riding and vaulting and further to train the horses to act in response to body signals by the rider. This broad description includes the use of horses for practical working purposes, recreational activities, arts or cultural exercises and mainly to work on them for competitive sports in which Steven and Amanda were expressly interested.
Horses usually are not considered as domestic animals, though they are customarily in a position to assist humans to do different and complex activities. No one goes to a classroom and learn how to be a horse trainer. It needs big farm and great skills to guide these delightful animals. It is a specialized job such as show jumping, reining, rodeo, sport horse disciplines, training of a specific horse breed, starting young horses, or working with problem horses. There are wide varieties of horse training methods used to teach the horse to do the things humans want them to do. Some fields can be very lucrative, usually depending on the value of horses once trained or prize money available in the competition.
Steven was an exceptional equestrian, one who rides a horse or performs on horseback. He was a man who could breed and raise horses, a person who was skilled in riding and horsemanship. He had been in remote jungles and wildlife regions as a mounted Foxhunter to follow the hounds in pursuit of a fox. He had gone to Spain to train picadors, horsemen in a bullfight who lance the bull's neck muscles so that it will tend to keep its head low for the later stages of the fight.
Having requisite skills and the confidence they possessed, both of them decided to meet his closest friend, Arshad Mann in India. Arshad had arranged a nice farmhouse in the outskirts of Baroda, the western part of India in Gujarat and Steven was to purchase that place. Arshad too was a horse racing enthusiast and had taken official training in Australia, where Steven was the most successful student. They became good and reliable friends having same adherent and a fondness for animal training, horses in particular.
On one Friday 14 March 1986, Steven and Amanda left Australia via Singapore and landed at Bombay International airport on Saturday 15, at nine in the morning. Arshad was waiting to receive them at the Bombay airport. The beginning of anything, they were off to a good start as Steven thought. After a brief visit and making use of the washroom facilities at the airport for freshening up, they sat in one restaurant to have breakfast and to decide their day’s itinerary and plan of action.
Steven and Amenda had planned to procure a big farmhouse away from the city, in the outskirts, surrounded by steep hills. They wanted to be in the middle of closely packed trees forming a forest where woods seem full of timber, surrounding region to look restful and secure and the atmosphere captivating and warm with rich grazing land and several properly managed farmhouses all around. They had specifically arrived in India to finalize the farmhouse deal and commence future activities.
The object of his visit was to purchase a car of his liking from a showroom Bombay offering personal cheque. They thought of using the car for his visit to Baroda to find the correct location a nice farmhouse and to take possession by means of immediate financial transaction. He expected that his personal safety was assured by travelling by car and his safe return to Australia in time thereafter.
Previously, in fact, Steven Henley on several occasions had admitted that he was crazy about cars and his car hobby had shaped into an incurable disease. “In my school going days, I was never really into cars when I was young. As soon as I saw several fancy cars driven by my college friends, I went car crazy. From then on, I decided to possess various cars of my liking. As a result, I have in my collection, 36 cars of different crafts all collected as my hobby and by different inventive means. They all are well placed in the covered spacious parking area allowing plenty of room for each car. Thus I have become a proud owner of picturesque cars, ideals of beauty and the sublime, fancy machines.”
With a satisfied look, he said; “It is my Aesthetic experience was not just a rational decision rather it was a matter of basic human instinct and that comes naturally to me. Whenever I look at a pleasing curved form of those cars and decide it was beautiful, my desires go wild, get converted and I take possession of that picturesque beauty, no matter how. The cars provide refined sensuous pleasure and I get enlightenment, magical revelation and rationalist ideas about decorative arts by looking at the experiences of beauty and sublimity.”
Steven was a communicative person and quickly told all with an expressive gesture. “I have one car with intricate woodcarvings internally, the influence of inspiring movement known as the Anglo-Japanese style. Blue and white designed cars were also popular a decade ago. Two cars I possess have a fine streak of aestheticism in its complex but gorgeous overall structure and composition, an ornamental, artistic creativity.”
He felt cars added to his charm. Forever active Steven came forth and said; “Driving them gives me the impression of purely scenic pleasure. Sometimes I take well formatted and planned grand tour indicating how an exploration of rural region of different countries could match with classically oriented tours of various Continents.”
Steven suggested that they purchase a nice and elegant car in Bombay and drive down to Baroda 142 km away.
At 11.00 am sharp, all three of them were in the “Stanley Core” Mercedes Benz car showroom near Chawpatty, Kemps Corner.
They could see elegantly display of decorative neon lights outside the showroom;
“A world of motoring excellence within your reach”
As they entered the Stanley Core Showroom, an elegant looking well-dressed showroom executive asked them politely, “What can I do for you?”
“We are here to purchase a sleek and decent looking model,” said Steven.
He directed all three of them to Manager’s cabin.
“We have various models and can be made to order as per specifications,” said the manager.
“We do not have time to place order for a car.” Steven told immediately. “We are in urgent need of one today, right now. How about the car displayed in the mezzanine floor of your show room, red colour, looks very attractive. Can we take a closer look please?”
As they went near the car, they read the neon signboard displayed near the car.
“1986 - 560SL sleek two seating sports model Mercedes Benz, Face lift with Night view assist Rs 4748177.”
“One industrialist had enquired about it and told over the phone that he will come next week to pay advance,” alleged the show room manager.
“I’m prepared to pay you the full amount straight away! Is the displayed rate, final! Is it on the road rate?” Steven Asked!
“Yes, that’s it.” The manager confirmed.
Steven had opened an external account in Bombay so that he could utilize those funds in his account to pursue his new ventures. He at once removed the cheque book and wrote on a cheque Rs 4748177. He handed over the cheque to the manager and told him to prepare a receipt.
Oh! He said to draw favorable attention; “I have given this cheque dated Monday, the 17-03-1986 as banking hours are over by now. I hope you will not mind.”
Manager at once instructed his account manager to hand over the payment receipt. It reads; “Received Rs 4748177 in full for the 560 SL two seating sports model Mercedes Benz Car. The payment is subject to realization of the cheque. A temporary car registration number MH 24 Z 6969 was issued. “If possible, I will meet you on my return to Bombay.” Steven told them. “I am taking the car right now. I intend to start immediately as I will have to drive to reach Baroda to decide on a farm house there.”
Cautiously, the car was taken out of the showroom and in the matter of 30 minutes, Steven and Amanda, sitting in their new Mercedes Benz Car, left for their joyride to Baroda. It looked like he progressed in a very satisfactory manner.
Look what he has got! The most surprising of all, the skilled performer so called a clever juggler of Australia stopped on the way. "We have heard about such cases and we all are aware of some people doing it," said the Assistant Police Commissioner Gujarat main police station. Due to a complaint put up by officials of the Stanley Core showroom, midway between Bombay and Baroda, a team of police blocked Steven’s passage by stopping the car, preventing them from proceeding further.
“Can I have documents of your car and your driving license please?” The police on duty asked.
Steven handed over all documents furnished by the showroom officials, along with his international driving license.
We are compelled to stop your journey here. On Monday morning, you will have to appear in the court. Till then you will have to be put-up at our police lock-up.” The sub-inspector of police commanded.
“Our journey is valuable as it is of great importance and has considerable monetary worth to us. Please try not to stand in the way or hold up our travel. You are bringing obstruction that will effectively prevent all passages to our destination. Such a snag is an unforeseen transitory obstacle would be a hindrance to us in our entire career.” Steven explained to police sub-inspector politely.
Steven and Amenda tried to discover the reason for their action, but nothing was said to them. “You will be answered, all those questions in the court of law. Till then, please remain quiet and bear with us;” were the instructions of the police inspector in charge.
“Please tell me only one reason for this action.” Steven requested.
“You have submitted a fake cheque for owning this car.” SI told.
“How you can say that?” Steven wanted to argue.
“Please make all statements in the court on Monday morning.” The sub-inspector commanded, and stopped them from continuing the argument.
“I want to appoint a lawyer to represent me,” said Steven. He in the meantime spoke to Arshad Mann, who arranged for the most prominent lawyer of Bombay Virendra Vyas, a person who had achieved distinction, honor and name as a lawyer with a record of successes. He was recognized by his associated members, and they had nicknamed him, Winner Virendra Vyas- WVV and he was to represent Steven in this case.
On the following Monday 17 March, at 11 am, Steven and Amenda entered the courtroom in Baroda with Virendra Vyas-WVV. Arshad had made this arrangement to provide a legal shield and Steven was the person actually controlling the operation.
The prosecutor initiated a legal action of criminal proceedings.
“You have been brought here for offering a fake cheque to purchase a car which is in your possession now.” The complainant lawyer Dinanath Pujari came forward and said that it was within his knowledge, through the details forwarded by the showroom in Bombay. Before Steven travelled from Bombay to Baroda, he had handed over the cheque of Rs 4748177, in full settlement for the purchase of 560 SL Mercedez Benz Car without the balance money in his account.
The counsel for the defense WVV had challenged the validity of this argument. “You have charged the foreigner with a criminal offense and I have agreed to fight and argue this case on behalf of a known person Steven Henley suspected of committing a crime. How you can state that the cheque is bogus,” Asked the defense lawyer WVV representing Steven.
“Your honor, Steven Henley has issued a cheque drawn on insufficient funds at his bank in order to take advantage of the float. Steven has no balance in his account,” confirmed, lawyer Dinanath Pujari.
“Have they deposited the cheque in the bank?” asked WVV.
“No. They have established the fact, after inquiring with his bank manager,” argued Dinanath.
“When did you inquire with the bank manager?” asked WVV.
“On Saturday afternoon, and immediately after learning the facts, the police were informed to stop the Steven’s journey and take the possession of the car. They also had received an anonymous phone call saying that Steven normally takes a car by offering false cheque and thus had cheated them. Therefore, such an action was taken,” stated Dinanath.
“The cheque is dated 17 March. The car was sold on two days credit terms. How the manager of the bank can give such statement on Saturday, 15 March, two days before the date of the cheque?” Argued WVV.
Thereafter he asked; “Are you sure that the manager of the bank had not given you an imaginary answer. On the matter of fact, are you sure it was the manager of the bank who was answering on the other end of the phone to whom you could not see,” disputed WVV.
“And you said that it was an anonymous phone call. What was the name of the person who called you over the phone giving information about Steven Henley? Wasn’t it your duty to investigate who had actually made that telephonic call, the person whose name and whereabouts are unknown and you eventually believed all that they had said over the phone without verifying facts,” WVV quipped.
“He wanted to provide help to our showroom, by revealing the truth to caution us, by remaining anonymous, hence he did not reveal his name;” stated Dinanath.
“He was the faceless accuser without identity. Under the prevailing circumstances, you gave due consideration to that nameless, unknown caller, a vile attempt to injure Steven Henley in my estimation.
“In that case,” continued WVV, “how could you believe a person who refused to disclose his name? How astonishing is your statement! One of the most mysterious callers had executed a telephonic call was the anonymous person who had flung few words to condemn and denounce my client Steven Henley and you acknowledged and believed him without doubt. How surprising! It is not acceptable that you believed everyone who spoke to you over the phone and not trusting my client Steven who came personally to have a car deal. According to me, the manager of the bank and the telephonic messenger were both fake and phony people trying to confuse you.”
“The car is presently in possession of Steven Henley and it will remain so. I understand and aware that the bouncing of cheque is an offense, but has the cheque bounced,” The defense lawyer WVV asked one more question.
“No. The car showroom, office is still holding the cheque. It is in their possession now;” declared Dinanath.
“You can take action only if the cheque bounces, not before. Yet with perfect sincerity, Steven Henley had made prior arrangements to deposit the requisite amount in his account first thing in the morning today at 10am, immediately on his return to Bombay. That means the required amount would have been in his account for clearing the cheque given to the showroom;” claimed WVV.
On hearing this, immediately, the prosecuting lawyer informed that he will instruct the showroom staff to deposit the cheque of Rs 4748177 in the bank.
“No. You are unable to deposit now. It is because you have stopped Steven for no valid reason avoiding him from going to Bombay. You have already wasted two days of my client without his committing a crime holding him in the police custody. You have put him in a most embarrassing situation, mental harassment, tremendous loss and damage by wasting his three days. He is a man of importance who came all the way from Australia to commence his business on tight schedule. In his three days you have put him in loss of Rs 1.2 crores.” WVV forwarded the statement of account indicating details of his loss of Rs 1.2 crore. Then he said; “Hence, before you deposit the cheque in the bank, you should recuperate his losses. You must agree to compensate his loss of Rs 1.2 crore if the cheque is realized,” maintained WVV.
A verdict of guilty in a criminal case is generally followed by a judgment of conviction rendered by the judge, which in turn is followed by sentencing.
After listening to both sides of arguments, the presiding judge concluded the case and gave his final verdict. “Steven is not guilty.”
The car showroom had to compensate Steven by handing over a cheque of Rs 1.2 crores. The prosecuting lawyer Dinanath Pujari’s pale face was seen lined with resigned thought and a bitter sensation of defeat.
As a result, Steven Henley had the car and the farmhouse too.
Amanda kissed Steven and whispered, “Job well-done.”
Steven thanked Arshad Mann for executing the work as told, appropriately compensated with Rs 10 lakhs for making a timely phone call to the showroom in a convincing manner and looking after Steven’s interests in India. Virendra Vyas was paid Rs 10 lakhs as his fees for playing his role meticulously as a lawyer.
“I necessitate and compel the minds of the people, the car owners in particular to play a big game against me, a stratagem for tricking an incautious person and they get trapped,” explained Steven outside the court. His deceptive process had made an agreement between three persons to commit a crime, with the intention to accomplish his goal using a legal course through illegal action.
Having plunged into such a precarious condition, police authorities were not at all pleased. They were conscious and alert in dealing with such people. They claimed that such crimes are getting more inventive, bold and shameless. One more such theft in particular could mean serious danger.
“Possibly, it happens to everyone, no matter how flourishing and prolific they are in business.” The defense lawyer Virendra Vyas told the prosecuting lawyer Dinanath Pujari.
In our country today, innocent and virtuous people observe everything in vain. They surrender and admit defeat. In the process, criminals become notorious for allegedly committing crimes that mix arrogance, ingenuity, and cunnings. Criminals keep hold of the situation until the end, and hang on to it, laughing. This is a tale of how honorable men become miserable in a blaze of criminals lost in hubris nostalgia watch their influence growing around the country.
Word Count: 3515 words
Title: A NARRATIVE PLOT OF GREAT INGENUITY
Piece: A True Story
Written by: SHYAM GOKARN,
Date of Birth: 16 July, 1948 (Age: 72 yrs)