The Indian billionaire who made headlines for his AED55 million purchase of the prestigious D5 number plate, is in the headlines again- this time for a parking ticket.
According to a report in the Khaleej Times, a video posted online allegedly showed businessman Balwinder Sahni's D5-branded Rolls-Royce parked in the disabled bay outside Aspen Tower on Shaikh Zayed Road.
Police reportedly fined his driver AED1,000 and issued him four black points.
Sahni, however, denies the accusations. "The car was not parked in that spot, it was parked far away. I was at a meeting and had many bags carrying heavy catalogues so the driver pulled up for about 30 seconds so we could load the car", he said.
Sahni even shared pictures with the newspaper with a time stamp of 14:41 pm on October 22 - showing the security manager of the building posing with the car.
"This shows that my car was in fact parked in the correct parking bays. I respect the law but people should know the truth. It was just unfortunate that brief moment was videoed and misconstrued to the public."
Sahni said he has taken action against the person who uploaded the video. "I actually filed a case against the person who uploaded the video with the police today.
"A person should not be uploading such videos. My number plate is creating a lot of interest and they are using it in a negative way. It is sad."
Lt Khamis Mattar Al Mazina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police confirmed that police did fine Sahni's driver.
He explained that the decision was made after watching the video and added that "no one is above the law" when it comes to such violations.
"The police officials do not look at the car number plate when performing such duties. And if someone is parked incorrectly, fines will be issued", he said.
Sahni said he understands how the video looked, but said he was "adamant to argue the case".
"I felt so ashamed when the police called and asked about the incident because this is not something I would encourage anyone to do. I want to prove that the car was not parked there. I will be arguing the fine and will send on the evidence I have."
During the first six months of this year, the Dubai Police has registered 4,215 fines against people incorrectly parked against special needs parking bays and fire exits.