‘Very Serious Allegations’: SC Turns Param Bir Singh To Bombay HC With Plea Seeking CBI Inquiry Against Anil Deshmukh

Swarajya Staff

Mar 24, 2021, 01:00 PM | Updated 05:30 PM IST

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh

The Supreme Court (SC) today heard the petition filed by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh seeking CBI investigation in the alleged corrupt practices of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, reports ANI.

Singh was represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi.

SC termed the allegations levelled by Singh against Maharashtra home minister and NCP leader as “very serious” and asked Rohatgi why he did not approach Bombay High Court (HC) for seeking CBI probe.

In a letter written to CM Uddhav Thackeray a few days after his transfer, Singh had alleged that Deshmukh asked arrested cop Sachin Vaze to extort money from restaurants and bars in Mumbai and gave him a target of Rs 100 crore a month.

Singh further said that Deshmukh had interfered in the former Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar’s suicide case to gain political mileage. Delkar’s family alleges that that he took the extreme step due to harassment by the administration of the UT led by Praful Patel, who was a BJP MLA and Minister of State for Home in Gujarat from 2010-12.

The court also questioned why Singh did not make Maharashtra Home Minister a party in his petition as the allegations are levelled directly against him.

While the Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea Param Bir Singh seeking CBI investigation in the alleged corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh, the bench asked him to approach the High Court.

Param Bir Singh has now reportedly withdrawn the plea from Supreme Court and said that he will approach the Bombay High Court.

In its order, Supreme Court said "liberty to approach the High Court granted" regarding the plea.

Also read: Crumbling Of An Illicit Empire? Unravelling The Sachin Vaze-Anil Deshmukh-Param Bir Singh Jigsaw Puzzle

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