The Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday said the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI), with its “limited resources, could not alone be expected to ensure swift disposal for all criminal cases” and that all stakeholders must “work together and share the burden”.
A bench of justices VM Kanade and Nutan Sardessai were hearing a public interest litigation on suburban trains and consequent accidents. During the course of the hearing, the bench was informed of an incident wherein some persons pretending to be from the railway protection force and government railway police had created a “fake court”, carried out “fake proceedings, and pocketed the money of bail bonds extracted from some offenders of The Railways Act”. The investigations had been subsequently transferred to the CBI, but the case was pending for years.
The bench said the authorities such as “RPF and GRP must be alert and proactive to prevent any untoward incidents and nip them in the bud, and the CBI alone could not be expected to take care of everything”. “It takes years for even very important cases to come up for hearing and their final disposal takes even longer. The Harshad Mehta securities scam took place almost two-and-a-half decades ago, a special court was constituted in 1992 and the CBI filed charges. The case is still stuck between the claims of Mehta’s family and the counter claims over the IT department’s assessments,” the bench said.