The last person to scam is a lawyer with principles and morals. Tungnath Chaturvedi, a 66-year-old Indian lawyer, was charged 20 rupees extra, equivalent to 25 cents, for two rail tickets he had purchased in 1999.
Chaturvedi resides in Uttar Pradesh and he was traveling from Mathura to Moradabad when a ticket-selling representative overcharged him for the sale of two tickets. He notified the person regarding the overcharge but they did not issue a refund.
Chaturvedi has experience fighting legal disputes so he knew how to maneuver his way around the court. He decided to file a case against North East Railway (Gorakhpur) and the sales representative in a consumer court in Mathura. His case faced many struggles as the judicial system in India is a slow and rigid process.
“I have attended more than 100 hearings in connection with this case. But you can’t put a price on the energy and time I’ve lost fighting this case,” Chaturvedi said.
This man stood his ground on a case for almost 22 years to fight something worth less than a dollar. He spent a good portion of his life in a legal dispute. Luckily, his efforts did not end in vain as the consumer court ruled in his favor and ordered the railway station to refund the amount with interest. The railway station has to pay a fine of $188 and refund 20 rupees at 12 percent interest per year from 1999 to 2022.
Not a life-changing amount but it was a favorable outcome for the lawyer. “It’s not the money that matters. This was always about a fight for justice and a fight against corruption, so it was worth it,” he said.
He added: “Also, since I am an advocate myself, I didn’t have to pay money to a lawyer or bear the cost of traveling to the court. That can get quite expensive.”
Chaturvedi hopes to be an inspiration to others to fight against corruption and persevere in the face of obstacles. A winner is still a winner even if they have a few extra grey hairs at the finish line.