Delhi traffic cop returns wallet with Rs 35,000 and $300, trends on Facebook

Not only did sub-inspector Madan Singh return the man’s wallet but he also refused to accept a reward of Rs 5,000.

A sub-inspector with the Delhi Police was trending on Facebook on Monday after an east Delhi businessman took to social media to share the story of how the cop returned his missing wallet.

On 7 January, at around 9.30 a.m., Jagpreet Singh lost his wallet near the Nizamuddin bridge. He was returning home from Defence Colony to Preet Vihar when his car broke down. “I had to push my car to start it. The wallet must have slipped then,” Singh wrote in a Facebook post.

“I tried to search on my car and other places but couldn’t find, then I got a call from Sub-inspector Madan Singh who saw one cyclist picking up my wallet from Road and his sharp eyes saw him. He immediately stopped that cyclist and realised that this wallet wasn’t belonged to him, he took custody of my wallet with Cash and foreign currency worth Rs 50,0000 along with debit and credit cards with other important IDs,” said Singh.

“There was a lot of money, foreign currency, ATM cards, driving licence and visiting cards. It did not belong to that cyclist. I spotted the visiting card and called the man,” said Madan Singh.

When Jagreet received Singh’s call, he had just finished checking his car and had lost all hope of finding his wallet. “Sub-inspector Singh told me to come to Nizamuddin and collect the wallet. I thought he must have found an empty wallet with only my identity card. It had around Rs 35,000 and $300. Nevertheless, I went there because it is difficult to make new voter identity and other identity cards.”

Not only did sub-inspector Madan Singh return the man’s wallet but he also refused to accept a reward of Rs 5,000. Till Monday evening, Jagpreet SIngh’s Facebook post has been shared over 3,300 times, with over 2,2000 comments and 12,000 likes lauding Singh for his honesty.

An hour later when Jagreet met Singh and got his wallet back, he was surprised to see the cash intact. He checked his wallet and found that Singh had only checked the driving licence. Not a single rupee was missing. “It is rare to find an honest man such as Singh. I even offered him Rs 5,000 for his honesty but he refused saying he was only doing his duty. This was a story I had to share to the world. I did not know it would go viral. Singh was even shy to pose for a photograph but I convinced him.”

Singh boss, DCP (traffic) DK Gupta said,” We appreciate Singh’s honest efforts. He has made us proud. We will recommend a suitable reward for him so that others get inspiration from his story.”