The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s plea to shift all instances in opposition to him to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or to some other state. He alleged that the police power was prejudiced in opposition to him after he claimed that former Maharashtra house minister Anil Deshmukh was concerned in corruption.
The CBI is presently probing the corruption costs Singh levelled in opposition to Deshmukh in a letter to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in March this yr.
Questioning his lack of religion within the police power, the courtroom requested Singh, “You are part of Maharashtra cadre IPS [and have] served the state for 30 years. It is a shocking allegation that you have no faith in your force.”
Singh, who was represented by senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, instructed the courtroom that Singh had filed a grievance dated March 20, 2021, accusing Deshmukh of operating a “money collection scheme” by the police division. Following this, he was transferred to a low-key submit in Mumbai Police’s Home Guards and division enquiry was initiated in opposition to him. Jethmalani stated that the officer answerable for the case lodged in opposition to him had pressurised him to withdraw the grievance in opposition to Deshmukh and threatened him with a number of felony instances.
The courtroom questioned that if a DGP-rank officer may succumb to strain, what would occur to others on the power.
Referring to one of many complaints in opposition to Singh, Jethmalani instructed the courtroom that the complainant was concerned in 5 felony instances, and had now “chosen to turn the gun against the former top cop”. The bench of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian stated, “It is said persons who live in glass house should not throw stones at others.”
Singh additionally requested the courtroom to place a blanket keep on any additional FIRs in opposition to him. The courtroom stated that it couldn’t grant such a prayer because it was the Justice of the Peace’s responsibility to take action. Moreover, the courtroom stated it could study the credibility of the complainant, however the background of the accused couldn’t be grounds to cease proceedings initiated by him.
The courtroom reminded Singh that he’s already pursuing an identical petitions with overlapping prayers earlier than the Bombay excessive courtroom. Singh’s counsel agreed to withdraw the petition because the courtroom dismissed his declare of being pressurised as a “make-believe story”. Singh had reported to CBI on April 19 that he was being pressurised to withdraw his grievance and annexed the transcript of his dialog with the stated officer as proof.
Singh had approached the Supreme Court in March this yr for an unbiased probe to show Deshmukh’s alleged malpractices “before evidence was destroyed”. The high courtroom refused to entertain the plea on March 25 and requested Singh to method the Bombay excessive courtroom. The CBI is probing Singh’s grievance in opposition to Deshmukh of operating an alleged extortion racket. The ultimate report is but to be filed by CBI.
Singh was transferred to Home Guards earlier this yr after he allegedly mishandled a case whereby explosives had been present in an deserted automobile exterior billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia residence. Sachin Vaze, now a former police officer, was suspended within the case.
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