- Param Bir Singh confronted powerful questions at this time in Bombay High Court
- His petition searching for a CBI probe towards Anil Deshmukh was heard
- He had accused Maharashtra Minister Home Anil Deshmukh of corruption
Former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh confronted powerful questions at this time as his petition searching for a CBI investigation towards Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was heard by Bombay High Court. He was repeatedly requested why no FIR had been filed on his allegations towards the minister.
“You are a police commissioner, why should the law be set aside for you? Are police officers, ministers and politicians all above the law? Are you saying that you are above the law?” Bombay High Court Chief Justice CJ Dutta stated in stern remarks throughout arguments.
Param Bir Singh, who was lately changed as Mumbai Police chief and moved to the Home Guards, has alleged in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that Anil Deshmukh had requested arrested police officer Sachin Waze to gather Rs 100 crore month-to-month from bars and eating places. That is the idea of his petition.
“These are hard facts coming from the person who occupied the highest post in the police force in the city and from someone who has served for more than 30 years,” Mr Singh instructed the High Court.
“There has to be an FIR to investigate. Who stops you from filing an FIR? Prima facie observation is there can be no investigation without an FIR,” the court docket responded.
“You are asking for directions for investigation to be handed over to the CBI. Where is the FIR and investigation so that it can be handed over to CBI?”
The petition “prima facie” has no foundation, stated the court docket, including, “Without an FIR where is the scope for us to exercise our jurisdiction?”
When Mr Singh argued that “even a simple letter to my lords” can change into a PIL (Public Interest Litigation), the court docket replied: “You are a police officer. If you find an offence has been committed you are duty bound to file an FIR. Why did you not do it? You are failing in your duty if you don’t file an FIR when you know an offence has been committed. Simply writing letters to the Chief Minister won’t do. We can pull you up for it. If any citizen finds an offence is being committed he is duty-bound to file an FIR.”
The FIR, stated the High Court, was the “fundamental thing” and with out one there might be no investigation.
“Can you show us from the complaint first hand that the Home Minister said this in your presence,” the court docket requested Mr Singh.
“Is there any affidavit from the officers saying that the home minister has said this to me?”
To which, the previous police chief stated he had mentioned the topic with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. “I have mentioned the perpetuators of the crime. My pleas have not been paid heed to. I have no other place to go,” he stated.
The court docket is but to move the order and the arguments are on.
In an explosive letter to the Chief Minister, Mr Singh had alleged that Mr Deshmukh had requested cops, together with Sachin Waze — arrested by the National Investigation Agency within the case of an SUV carrying explosives parked close to industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s dwelling in Mumbai – to gather Rs 100 crore every month from bars and eating places. The petition additionally accused Mr Deshmukh of alleged corruption in police transfers and postings.
Mr Deshmukh has denied the allegations, which have induced a rift inside ruling coalition companions Shiv Sena and NCP.
Mr Singh had initially approached the Supreme Court, alleging he had been eliminated after he complained to Uddhav Thackeray and different senior leaders in regards to the “corrupt malpractices” of the state Home Minister.
The Supreme Court termed it a “serious case” however requested Mr Singh to method the High Court.
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