Today was my second visit to the cop station. I had gone there to collect a copy of the FIR, as I needed some proof with me, saying that the police were in possession of my mobile phone (as evidence in the case). The concerned cop could not give me a copy yesterday and had asked me to pick it up today. I could not get it today, as he had forwarded it for further processing & that took longer than he expected. So I will have to go again to pick it up, tonight or maybe tomorrow.
But the scary bit was what he had to tell me after saying that I will have to come again. He mentioned that the case would take a long time (1-2 years) and the only way for me to get quick possession of my mobile phone is to make an application in a court located at Kurla, a central suburb of Bombay. And for this I would need to hire a lawyer, to make the application (along with a copy of the FIR).
Now this is something that I was not prepared for!! Its going to be a tough job making the application by myself, getting a date from magistrate to present myself and then pleading to him, to instruct the police to hand over the phone to me. The time, energy and resources required for executing this assignment is daunting, I almost feel like just writing off my phone. It would be easier for me to wait for the case to complete over the next 1-2years (or whatever duration, even though the phone would be almost worthless by then....) and treat whatever I get off it at that time as a bonus.
All this leads me to the conclusion that the Indian judicial system is not conducive for protecting the interests of individuals, who come forward to uphold the legal system.
It would be wonderful if someone could help me find an easier method to sort out this problem. Even if you can't your thoughts and opinions are welcome....