Delhi Court Grants Relief To Ford India Managing Director And Director In The Cheating Case

The Court held that the investigating officer's reply states that there is no basis to the allegation against Ford India.

In the matter of cheating brought by the dealer of the automobile manufacturer, a Delhi court awarded relief to Ford India Managing Director Anurag Mehrotra as well as Director David Allan Schock.

Concerning a fraud case filed by a car dealership owner, a Delhi court granted Ford India managing director Anurag Mehrotra and director David Allan Schock pre-arrest release.

While granting Mehrotra and Schock's bail plea on Monday, Additional Sessions Judge Raj Rani of the Rohini court ordered that "in the event of (their) arrest, the applicant(s) be freed on interim bail for a term of 30 days on furnishing of bail bonds in the sum of 5 lakh."

When asked by the investigating officer and not to disturb the evidence or influence of the testimonies, the judge asked them to participate in this investigation.

He said he had engaged into a 2018 contract with Ford India by way of his Managing Director and Director and is the Managing Director of Libra Cars Private Limited.

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According to Delhi Police's (Economic Offenses Wing, E.O.) case, in November of last year the Ford dealer, Libra Cars on the New Delhi GT Karnal Road, filed allegations of fraud and crime of trust, because, by assigning another dealer within a 10-km radius of the plaintiff's showroom, the agreement between the parties has not been fulfilled by Ford Indian.

During the arguments, Mehrotra was represented by counsel Vijay Aggarwal, while Schock was represented by lawyer Rohit Kochhar.

Aggarwal informed the court that the charges in the First Information Report (FIR) were entirely civil and that the plaintiff had taken more than 18 months to register the case. In March of this year, the dealership was shut down.

Aggarwal and Kochhar went on to say that Ford India had nothing to do with the alleged wrongdoings because it was the dealer who defrauded Libra Cars, not the firm, and he did not follow the terms and conditions of the dealership agreement.

While granting relief, the court noted that the investigating officer has never stated that Ford India's Managing Director and director must be questioned in custody or arrested. The court granted relief, noting that the investigating officer had not stated that the custodial interrogation/arrest of Ford India's Managing Director and Director was necessary. The court further stated that the investigating officer's reply states that the complaint (by the dealer) is still without merit.

The judge granted relief, noting that the investigating officer (IO) never specified that the two accused must be held in custody or arrested.

 “One Investigation Officer (IO) submitted that accused David Allan Schock, a resident of the United States, has attended the investigation via video conferencing, as has Anurag Mehrotra. The One Investigation Officer (IO) has also not mentioned whether the applicant's specimen signature is required,” the order adds.

According to the document, the investigating officer's response also notes that the complaint (by Libra) is without merit.