Before Covid, I was working in Chennai, India. I had a broadband internet connection and used a router provided by my ISP. Due to the lockdown, I had to move to my parents home in West Bengal, India (~1,660km/1,000m away). Since I have not renewed my internet connection in Chennai, the ISP has disconnected my internet connection and is demanding I return the router immediately.
My home in Chennai is currently locked, so the only way to return the router is for me to travel back to Chennai, get my router, then return it to the ISP. It is not advised to travel during this lockdown so I cannot do anything. Also, I would need to stay under quarantine for at least 7 days if traveling to another state.
Today I got a mail from my ISP threatening to take legal action against me if I do not return the router.
Given that travel is prohibited due to the COVID-19 lockdown, can the company still take action against me for not returning the router? Is there any legal relaxation for people during this lockdown period? Can anyone suggest link/article where I can find out more about it?
Here's what the company's email says:
By withholding the possession of the aforesaid assets of the company, you have exposed yourself to the legal provisions under the Indian Penal Code,1860, as amended, related to Section 406 - criminal breach of trust, Section 403 - misappropriation of property and other relevant provisions including Section 420 read with Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, as amended, entailing dire legal consequences including imprisonment.