Politicians expressed outrage following the release of a suspected underworld boss and the fining of the law enforcement officials who arrested him. The Bombay High Court imposed fines on the city police commissioner, the additional home secretary and other top officials for 'mala fide intentions' in the arrest of alleged top gangster Arun Gawli. Shiv Sena party chief Bal Thackeray said the fines would demoralise the police force and cause further damage to the process of law and order in India. Mr Thackeray also criticised journalists who apologised to the court for reporting the story. 'It is your birthright to publish whatever you feel is right,' he said. Deputy Chief Minister Gopinath Munde said the police had only been doing their job and objected to the 'exorbitant' fines. The fines on three top officers amounted to more than 100,000 rupees (HK$21,580). The state Government said it would appeal next week to the Supreme Court against the decision to release Mr Gawli and to fine the officers. Accused of the murder of politicians and prominent businessmen and a host of other crimes including extortion and trafficking, Mr Gawli was released on a technicality. There were no cases currently lodged against him and he had been arrested as a 'preventive' measure. The High Court said police had told reporters Mr Gawli had ordered the murder of an industrialist from inside jail using a mobile phone. Mr Gawli has spent more than seven years in jail and claims Mr Thackeray has taken out a contract on his life. Mr Gawli has said he has given up crime and is taking up full-time politics as president of the Akhil Bharatiya Sena party, which is seen as a threat to Mr Thackeray's power base.