AAP Member’s sting backfires – GRP to check if he was carrying a recce of sensitive areas

Kalyan (KYN): A sting operation conducted by a “whistle-blower” to expose the alleged corruption in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has backfired on him. The Kalyan court has asked the government railway police (GRP) to check if the complainant was carrying a recce of sensitive areas.

Ambernath resident Satyajit Burman, who claims to be an AAP member, had filed complaint before the magistrate’s court alleging corruption in the RPF. He had allegedly shot a video of RPF personnel letting off accused on court premises after taking bribe. In his complaint, Burman said, “After the accused were produced before court, the RPF personnel collected money from them… I strongly suspect that RPF personnel extorted money they also violated the SC directive by tying accused’s hands with rope.”

But judicial magistrate first class A R Kamble dismissed the complaint on January 13. “The senior inspector of GRP should check the complainant’s antecedents. Police should also investigate if he was doing a recce of sensitive areas, like court and railway station, and if he has any links with anti-social elements to commit any untoward incident,” said the magistrate. He also observed that the court and railway premises are sensitive areas and on the radar of the ultras. He further observed, “He had no permission to take photographs in such sensitive areas.”

The magistrate also observed that it was a routine practice to produce an accused before the court where fine is pronounced on the accused pleading guilty. The fine amount is deposited in court and receipt handed over to the accused. None of the accused persons have filed any complaint orally or in writing with the RPF that the money collected from them was more than the fine amount. Thus, there is no bribe, but the amount collected by the RPF is the amount of fine imposed by the court, the magistrate observed.