Today is a Sunday. Sunday mornings are meant for brunch and totally relaxed but today I am excited because my clients called from Mumbai, promising me a very thoughtful yet strange gift. They are bringing fresh fish from Mumbai. And you know what, it's fresh, priceless fish!
They are from the fishing community in Maharashtra, a very traditional and patriotic community. The State government announced a policy to provide subsidized diesel to these fishermen to use in their fishing trawlers, mechanized fishing boats and so on. Each boat requires about 1,500 liters of diesel and they are out in the sea for about a fortnight or sometimes more. Two punps and connecting tanks were given to this community out of the retail outlet initially granted to a big, well known entity called X.
Since these fishermen found it convenient to let the retail outlet person continue the dispensing activities (which requires a little expertise). So, they entered into an agreement appointing the same person as their agent in return for a monthly sum. Now, there is an alleged dispute about the payment of monthly service charge. The retail outlet guy terminated the agreement with the fishing folks.
On behalf of the fishing community, we filed a suit for injunction before the city civil court in Mumbai. It was fully granted (with respect to 2 pumps and 2 connecting tanks). Then, the other side went to the High Court in appeal against the said interim injunction. The High Court modified the original injunction order and confined it to just one pump. Aggrieved by this, the retail outlet has filed a special leave petition before the Supreme Court.
I am not just their lawyer but I am their friend. They tell me their worries and I worry with them because they are good people. They don't speak English with an accent, they don't wear suits or go to cocktails but they deserve justice because they are good, honest people who take great pride in their country and community.
And today, that will be my thought while I go to meet them and collect the gift they have brought for me, all the way from Mumbai.