Over a month after the Powai police discovered serious discrepancies in a complaint of attempted robbery filed by American national David Parish, the case is in limbo. Parish quit Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Infotech, a short while after the incident, causing a further delay in the investigation.
Parish (51), a former senior-level employee of L&T Infotech, had on January 14 filed a complaint with the police claiming that he was accosted by three motorbike-borne men, who tried to rob him and then assaulted him with a sharp instrument when he fought back before fleeing the scene. The incident reportedly took place outside Ramada Hotel in Powai, where Parish was staying. He was in India to attend a week-long conference of L&T employees from across the world.
However, within 24 hours, the police discovered several discrepancies in his complaint, making the police to suspect the authenticity of his story. Before Parish could be contacted, he boarded a flight to his native Texas and has not been in touch with the police since.
On Wednesday, the police told Newsline that Parish quit the job shortly after the alleged incident took place.
“Parish no longer works with us. He left the firm after he returned to the States, following the robbery incident in January,” said an L&T Infotech official on condition of anonymity. “Parish joined Infotech last year and his exit comes in less than a year of his tenure at the company. I came to know about his exit from an email,” the official added.
Senior Police Inspector Yadavrao Jadhav of Powai Police Station added, “We will be unable to complete the investigation without Parish. Our probe will get delayed since his services from the company have been terminated.”