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Mumbai ex-police commissioner Param Bir Singh moves Bombay HC against Maharashtra govt

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh approached Bombay High Court on Friday against the actions taken against him by the state government.

File photo of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh (Source: ANI)

Mumbai: Director General (DG) of Maharashtra Home Guard and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh approached Bombay High Court on Friday against the actions taken against him by the state government. The former cop requested the High Court to direct the Maharashtra government against taking any coercive action against him.

The Bombay High Court has decided to hear the matter on May 4. Param Bir Singh has moved Bombay HC and challenged various actions taken by the Maharashtra government against him which includes various inquiries initiated against him.

Singh is represented by senior Lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, in Bombay HC. Singh further urged the court that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be directed to investigate criminal conspiracy and malicious attempts to thwart CBI’s preliminary enquiry against Anil Deshmukh. On April 29, an FIR was registered against former Mumbai Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police Parag Manere and several others for allegedly requesting a police inspector to drop corruption charges against Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) commissioners.

The extortion allegations and Ambani bomb scare

Param Bir Singh had previously written a letter to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging that the 70-year-old had indulged in ‘malpractices’ and asked Vaze to collect INR 100 crores every month. In connection to the case, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has questioned two personal assistants (PA) of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The two assistants Sanjeev Palande and Kundan were questioned on April 11.

Read more: Mumbai Police involved in extortion, claims businessman on India Ahead

Vaze, on the other hand, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the case of an explosive-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house. Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the SUV vehicle, was found dead in a creek, days later after the incident. His wife accused that Vaze was involved in the murder of her husband.

Read more here: Ambani Bomb Scare: NIA seizes Sachin Vaze’s fake Aadhaar card

On April 5, Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh resigned from the state cabinet just a few hours after the Bombay high court ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the corruption allegation made against him.

Deshmukh had filed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the apex court, challenging Bombay High Court’s April 5 order. The court also directed the agency to register an FIR if any cognizable offence is found.

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The Supreme Court had on April 8 dismissed the petitions filed by the Maharashtra government and Deshmukh challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against him by Param Bir Singh.

(with inputs from ANI)

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