CID may probe fake railway court racket

Press Trust of India Mumbai | Updated on August 18, 2011

Bombay High Court today said that before contemplating transfer of case to the CBI, the State Crime Investigation Department (CID) should be given a chance to investigate the fake railway court racket in the city.

The court also summoned a senior officer of CID for the next hearing on August 24.

The division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R.V. More was hearing a public interest litigation filed by social activist Samir Zaveri over a fake railway court run by some Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel at Kurla station.

The accused allegedly took the people caught while crossing the tracks etc to this court, where a head constable acted as ‘magistrate' and released them on bogus bails after collecting money, which was pocketed by the RPF men.

At the last hearing, the court had said similar rackets could be operating elsewhere in the country, and it might hand over the probe to CBI.

Today, however, the bench said that it would first like to know the pattern in Maharashtra.

“We agree that investigation by Government Railway Police (GRP) is not going in proper direction. CID should be given a chance to probe. If afterwards we find that even CID is not doing a good job, then CBI can be handed over the case,” Justice Desai remarked.

Published on August 18, 2011

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