Who owns a car purchased using stolen money? Gujarat High Court to decide

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A man had carried out a theft and then gifted his son a car purchased using that money. Now the person who was robbed of the money has moved the high court laying his claim to the vehicle.

The Hush Post: A peculiar case has reached the Gujarat High Court. The court has to decide who should be considered the owner of a vehicle bought with stolen money? Actually, a man had carried out a theft and had then gifted his son a car purchased using the theft money. Now the person who was robbed of the money has moved the high court laying his claim to the vehicle.

A theft had taken place at Sharadchandra Shah’s residence in Ahmedabad and the thief had decamped with Rs. 19.5 lakh cash and some gold jewelry. A few months later, the crime branch arrested a person named Suresh Makwana who had many cases of theft and robbery against him. During investigations, he confessed to the crime and revealed that he had purchased a car worth Rs. 11 lakh with the stolen money and had gifted the vehicle to his son Sanjay on his wedding.

The police had seized the car following which Sharadchandra Shah filed a petition in a local court laying his claim to the vehicle. He told the court that the car was brought using the money stolen from his residence.  Sanjay, the son of the thief, however, objected stating that since the car was registered on his name, he only owned it. On 16th May the court ruled in favour of Sanjay and ordered the police to hand over the vehicle to him.

Now Sharadchandra Shah has challenged verdict in the High Court.  Justice RP Dholaria has admitted the case and posted the matter for hearing on July 30.

 

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