New Delhi: Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who has been declared a “proclaimed offender” by a court, on Wednesday said he was in Chandigarh and would visit Mumbai soon.
Earlier in the day, India Ahead found that Param Bir Singh’s cellphone, which had remained off for 231 days, was switched on briefly. It is, however, not known if the cellphone was in the personal possession of the absconding police officer. But it did seem like an attempt to indicate that Singh is in India.
India Ahead also found a shocking maze of properties accumulated by Singh, who once had an image of a clean and honest officer. He owns agricultural land and plots in Paota village and Agwanpur, both in Faridabad. Further, flats worth over 48 lakhs in Juhu, flats worth over 3.5 crores in Navi Mumbai, house worth over 4 crore in Chandigarh are among the properties he has acquired over the years.
A Mumbai court, that declared Singh a proclaimed offender, has warned the elusive officer that if he does not show up in the court, his properties will be attached.
The IPS officer who is facing several extortion cases in Maharashtra told news channels that he was in Chandigarh. Asked by reporters if he would surrender (before the police or court), Param Bir Singh said he had yet to decide his next course of action.
The IPS officer on Wednesday evening also appeared on Telegram, but later deleted his account from the social messaging app.
Param Bir Singh has not reported to work since May this year, after his transfer from the post of Mumbai police commissioner and his subsequent allegations of corruption against then Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh.
The Supreme Court has now granted Param Bir Singh protection from arrest.
He was transferred after Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze was arrested in the case of an SUV with explosives found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house, ‘Antilia’ and the subsequent suspicious death of businessman Mansukh Hiran.