“You Don’t Trust Maharashtra Police?” Supreme Court docket To Ex-Mumbai High Cop Param Bir Singh
The Supreme Court docket right this moment rejected a petition by ex-Mumbai high cop Param Bir Singh to switch all circumstances towards him to the CBI. “After having served for more than 30 years, you do not have confidence in Maharashtra Police? It is shocking,” the Supreme Court docket responded sharply to the petition, which was later withdrawn.
Param Bir Singh was unceremoniously eliminated as Mumbai’s high cop in March amid a number of investigations linked to a safety scare exterior the house of Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man. Because the controversy thickened, Mr Singh made some explosive corruption allegations towards ex-Maharashtra Residence Minister Anil Deshmukh, plunging the Uddhav Thackeray authorities into disaster. Mr Deshmukh had informed policemen to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and eating places, the previous high cop had alleged.
He then claimed he has been focused and harassed due to the allegations he had made. In his petition, he had informed the highest court docket to switch all circumstances towards him to the CBI, which is already probing allegations towards Mr Deshmukh.
Mahesh Jethmalani, Param Bir Singh’s lawyer, informed the Supreme Court docket right this moment that Mr Singh was “pressurised by an inquiry officer to withdraw his letter against Anil Deshmukh or more cases would be filed against him”. The ex-top cop “can’t keep on facing one case after the other just because he is a ‘whistleblower’ in the matter,” the lawyer additional stated.
“It is commonly said, the person who lives in (a) glass house should not throw stones at others,” stated a trip bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian in response.
When the court docket was informed that “the money collection process went on” as talked about in Mr Singh’s letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Supreme Court docket shot again saying: “You were commissioner of police. What were the steps you had taken to stop it?”
“If the person of rank of DGP can be pressurised, then there will be nobody who can’t be pressurised. Don’t make up stories,” the court docket stated.
On switch of the circumstances, the bench additional stated: “These are two different things. The inquiry against the former minister is different and the inquiry against you is different. You have served in the police force for over 30 years. You should not have doubt on the police force. You cannot say now that you want inquiries to be done outside the state.”
Mr Singh, in his earlier petition filed earlier than the highest court docket, had sought a CBI probe towards Mr Deshmukh. The highest court docket had then requested him to go earlier than the Bombay Excessive Court docket, which later ordered a probe by the central investigating company.
Mr Deshmukh, nonetheless, had denied any wrongdoing however he resigned because the state’s Residence Minister.