RPF officer dismissed in fake bail bond racket

Sanjay Singh, suspended senior inspector of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), has finally been dismissed from service, after a CBI probe established beyond doubt that he was the chief conspirator among 21 RPF officials in a fake bail bond racket at Kurla station. The racket had been exposed in 2008-2009.

The 21 RPF personnel had been suspended last month. On Monday, RPF Inspector General (IG) Anil Sharma dismissed Singh, after naming him the main conspirator in the racket. “Singh was involved in a fake bail bond racket in Kurla. We have also received other complaints against him. After a probe was conducted, we decided to dismiss him,” said Sharma.

The RPF officials had set up a fake court at Kurla railway station platform number nine, where one of them would pose as magistrate and claim to give quick justice by issuing fake bail bond papers to commuters they caught while crossing railway tracks, travelling in compartments reserved for women, handicapped passengers or luggage, or travelling without tickets.

Social activist Sameer Jhaveri had filed a petition, after which the Kurla GRP registered FIRs against the RPF personnel, but for long, no action was taken against them. The court finally handed the matter over to the CBI, after which the suspensions were ordered. Last week, all the officers were transferred out of Mumbai, and Singh was meted out a harsher punishment as the probe had revealed that he had forced his subordinates to aid him in the racket.

“I thank IG Sharma. I am grateful to the RPF department for dismissing Sanjay Singh, suspending and transferring the others. This type of action will curb corruption in the department,” said Jhaveri, the petitioner. 

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