The division bench of justice Ranjit More and justice Ranjana Desai rapped the state government on being informed that the Kurla Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials accused in the fake bail bonds case have only been transferred, not suspended.
"Why transfer? Why didn't you suspend them?" the bench asked public prosecutor PA Pol.
It was hearing a petition filed by activist Samir Zaveri, who had unearthed documents implicating the accused.
Most of the 27 accused have been transferred out of Mumbai, the railways' counsel, Suresh Kumar said. Constables Rajesh Singh and SR Tripathi, transferred to Ahmednagar, are refusing to come to Mumbai to cooperate with the investigation. "Why are you waiting for them in Mumbai?" justice Desai demanded.
The accused haven't been prosecuted yet: RPF-related offences are tried under the CrPC, and require procedural obligations to start prosecution. The state will elaborate on this in a week's time, when the bench will continue the hearing.