The Bombay high court on Thursday admitted a public interest litigation (PIL) which sought a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged scam run by Railway Police Force (RPF) of booking petty offenders in railway offences and then releasing them on fake bail bonds.
Observing that prima facie offence was made out against RPF personnel, a division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice UD Salvi admitted the petition.
The court has also issued notices to the Ministry of Railway and Ministry of Home, Government of India, asking them to file affidavit explaining their stand towards investigation against RPF officials.
Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol submitted an affidavit filed by commissioner of police, Railways, which said that their “investigation revealed that offence was committed by RPF personnel on duty Thane Kurla in 2008-09 by using fake bail bonds and false documents and misappropriating the money collected from commuters after charging them with relevant sections under the Railways Act”.
Pol also told the court that a special investigation team was formed to probe the alleged scam.
The petition was filed by social activist Samir Zaveri alleging a scam relating to cash bonds issued by the RPF personnel at Kurla railway station in 2008-09.
It claimed that certain RPF personnel were releasing persons booked for trespassing on fake cash bail bonds. They then asked the commuters to pay Rs 500 bail bonds each in fake courts staged by them. Track trespassing is an offence under section 147 of the Indian Railway Act. A head constable acted as a Magistrate and granted bail to so-called offenders and the money collected was misappropriated by some RPF personnel, the PIL alleged.