Foreigner files another complaint

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A British lady, who was in news recently for complaining against an autorickshaw driver overcharging her for a trip from Ernakulam South Railway Station to Fort Kochi, is back in news again.

After the autorickshaw driver returned the extra charge, Philippa Isidore-Presentation, who is from Hampstead in London, expressed her wish to start tourist-friendly autorickshaw services in Fort Kochi. She is now learnt to have lodged a complaint with the City Police Commissioner that the person whom she had entrusted with this venture has cheated her.

According to K.P. Simpson, president of Fort Kochi Tourist Home Owners' Association who helped her in dealing with the issue, the lady wrote back to thank him and suggested launching the tourist-friendly service. She made this suggestion, while citing that she had her origin in State.

Since she has not got her Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status, Ms. Presentation requested Mr. Simpson to purchase two autorickshaws in his name and employ two women as drivers. These autorickshaws are now awaiting fitness tests to complete the registration process, when Ms. Presentation returned with a male driver, wanting him to be employed.

"I had to refuse this demand as the vehicles were registered in my name and I do not know the credentials of the driver. I asked her to wait till she gets her PIO status so that the ownership can be transferred," said Mr. Simpson.

When contacted, Ms. Presentation said that she waited for a couple of months and complained to the police when Mr. Simpson failed to get the registration done. "I had given him Rs.10,000 for registration, but now I want the autorickshaws to be returned. I will consult my solicitor regarding the new step."

She has applied for PIO status, citing that her father Philbert Joseph Bernard Isidore-Presentation was born in Fort Kochi.

City Police Commissioner Dinendra Kashyap said that he received a complaint and referred it to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Mattanchery) K.P. Lailaram to be investigated.

Ms. Presentation said that she could not meet Mr. Lailaram and would be meeting him on Friday.