Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Wednesday needed to face some powerful questions from the Bombay Excessive Courtroom which heard the previous high cop’s petition in opposition to Maharashtra Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh. Param Bir Singh, in his petition, had claimed that Deshmukh had requested arrested police officer Sachin Vaze to gather Rs 100 crore month-to-month from bars and eating places.
The excessive court docket questioned Param Bir Singh why he did not method the police and filed an FIR in opposition to the minister.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni stated with out an FIR the excessive court docket can’t intervene or direct for an impartial company just like the CBI to hold out an investigation.
“You (Singh) are a senior police officer. You aren’t a layman. You had been duty-bound to register a grievance in opposition to any wrongdoing. Regardless of figuring out that an offence is being dedicated by your boss, you (Singh) remained silent,” Chief Justice Datta stated.
Param Bir Singh’s counsel Vikram Nankani stated his shopper needed to keep away from this ‘chakravyuh’ (labyrinth) to which the excessive court docket identified that regulation has some procedures.
“Are you saying that you’re above the regulation?” Chief Justice Datta requested.
The court docket additional requested Nankani if any assertion, as alleged by Singh within the petition in opposition to Deshmukh that he has requested law enforcement officials to extort cash, was made by the Dwelling minister in Singh’s presence.
“Was any of those statements made by the Dwelling Minister in Singh’s presence? In any other case that is nothing however rumour,” the Bombay Excessive Courtroom stated.
Param Bir Singh was shifted from the publish of Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police to the Dwelling Guards division on March 17. Quickly after his switch, he wrote a letter to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray alleging that Anil Deshmukh had requested law enforcement officials, together with Vaze, to gather cash from bars and eating places in Mumbai.
The minister has repeatedly denied the costs.
(With inputs from PTI)