The story of a clever thief that took away thousands of wall decor stickers from the home of a woman in the UK has sparked an outpouring of praise and support for the artist and her husband.
Krishna Krishnan, a Mumbai-based artist and illustrator, had been collecting decor stickers for several years.
The pair had purchased a large number of the stickers from an Indian store and kept them at their home in the city of Agra.
But when the couple moved to New Delhi in 2014, they were shocked to find that the wall decorations were being stolen.
They realised that some of the items were being put in bins which were then being taken to the office of the local council.
The Krishnas realised that the council was not doing enough to stop the theft and the couple took the matter to the police.
The police eventually arrested Krishnan and took him to a court to face charges of possession of false and fraudulent documents and illegally taking a possession from a public place.
The case against him was thrown out on the grounds that he was not a citizen of India and the court dismissed the case.
But it wasn’t the end of the theft.
In December, the couple received a letter from the police which included an arrest warrant.
The letter had been signed by an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) and the letter claimed that the couple was committing a crime under Section 125 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which provides for the punishment of up to 10 years in prison for anyone who has possession of a false and forged document.
The couple was taken to a police station in the same evening.
But when the police officers tried to arrest Krishnan for the offence, they turned him over to the ACP and a case was registered under Section 127 of the IPC.
The ACP took the couple to a special court where the case was referred to a higher court which convicted the couple.
The court, however, did not take into account the fact that the case against the couple had been dropped.
The court said that the complainant had been given a written notice that she was not guilty of the offence and hence she was free to return to the home, which she did.
The decision of the court was reversed by a higher Supreme Court in February 2017.
A day after the court handed down the judgment, the court directed the ACPC to send a copy of the judgement to the couple so that they could contest the decision of a lower court.
The accused Krishnan was arrested on Tuesday.
He is currently in judicial custody.
The Supreme Court order on Wednesday said that an inquiry report had been sent to the investigating agency and the matter was under investigation.
The ACP said it was taking all necessary measures to ensure that the matter is not misused by any person.
The matter has now been sent for hearing by a bench of Chief Justice V K Singh Khehar and Justice R K Sharma.
The commission said it had also issued notices to all the police departments and the concerned municipal corporations in the state.