In 2008, a constable from the railway police, BR Jogdankar, approached the authorities with details of the fake bond scam. But, no cognizance of his complaint was taken. Instead, he faced the heat for blowing the whistle.
In November 2010, railway activist Sameer Zaveri lodged a complaint with the Kurla Government Railway Police (GRP) and also filed a writ in the Bombay high court. The complaint was investigated by the GRP and in August 2011, the high court handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) , which made arrests in the case.
The RPF personnel used to nab commuters trespassing the railway tracks and penalise them by issuing a fake bail bond. Twelve RPF personnel officials were arrested.
“The accused personnel operated from platform 9 of the Kurla railway station. They would nab commuters who took a short-cut from Kurla station to the terminus and take him to their makeshift chowky. They would fine each person Rs500 and use a fake magistrate stamped bail bond,” said Zaveri.
The scam running into crores had been going on for years before it was reported in 2008.
“Several agencies such as vigilance department and others ought to have a whiff of the illegal activities. The probe is yet to take into consideration these aspects. Only the police officers who operated in the team have been arrested,” added Zaveri.