The Bombay high court on Thursday expressed displeasure over unprecedented deployment of police personnel for providing protection to VIPs, especially politicians.
The court slammed the state government over the shoddy pace of investigation and asked for a detailed report on number of police personnel recruited since 2001 and the number of personnel and kind of infrastructure available for crime investigation in the state.
“We find anybody and everybody having police constables walking behind him,” a division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice UD Salvi said.
“That (having police personnel around for security) has become a status symbol now.”
The bench also directed public prosecutor Pandurang Pol to furnish data about strengthening police force in the state, taking into consideration the huge influx of population.
“We want to know the personnel added to the state police force in all the categories — IPS officers, state service officers and constabulary members,” said the bench.
The court hinted at transferring Nikhil Rane murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
“You have not been able to identify a single suspect,” the judges said, adding, “We have no option but to transfer the matter to the CBI.”
The wife of the murdered developer, Ashwini Rane, had moved the high court in June 2010 questioning the investigation skills of the local police. On November 23, 2009, some unidentified assailants shot the developer. He died of bullet injuries a week later.
The Shivaji Nagar police initially investigated Rane’s murder. But in July 2010, acting on Ashwini’s petition, the high court transferred the matter to the state CID, which too failed to achieve any breakthrough.
The case had highlighted the need for continuous training of the police personnel for honing their skills in crime detection.