Fake bail bond scam: CBI to file chargesheet by January 31
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CBI told Bombay High Court Tuesday that it will file a chargesheet by January 31 against four Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel allegedly involved in a fake bail bond scam in Kurla Railway Station.
Appearing for the CBI, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Kevic Setalvad said a total of nine persons have been identified as the main accused in the case. The agency needs to obtain sanction for prosecution from the government, Setalvad said.
The CBI also told the court that it is investigating the possible involvement of a total of 23 persons in the scam, and may file a supplementary chargesheet in the case.
A division bench of justices A M Khanwilkar and K K Tated accepted the statement of ASG and asked the CBI to apply for sanction for prosecution of the five persons immediately. The court has also asked the union government to decide on the applications expeditiously.
A PIL filed by social activist Samir Zaveri, alleged that illegal activities were being carried out at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Kurla in 2008.
In his petition, Zaveri claims the modus operandi to be that a head constable of the RPF would act as a "magistrate" and grant bail to persons caught for illegally crossing railway tracks on fake bail bonds. The petitioner claims that the personnel would then misappropriate the money.
The PIL will now be heard on February 11.
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