Former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh has approached the Supreme Court seeking a fair, unbiased and uninfluenced probe into the corruption allegations leveled by him against Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh.
The senior IPS officer has also requested the top court to quash his transfer order issued by the Maharashtra government. He has termed the transfer as “arbitrary” and “illegal”. He was shunted out reportedly due to his alleged involvement in the Sachin Vaze case. Vaze was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in connection with the Mukesh Ambani bomb threat case.
Notably, Singh approached the court within days of dropping a ‘letter bomb’ on the Uddhav Thackeray government making strong allegations against Deshmukh.
In the letter, Singh claimed that Deshmukh used to call police officers to his residence and give them “collection target”. The top cop claimed that the politician used to pressurise cops to collect at least Rs 100 crore per month from pubs, restaurants and other establishments.
He also accused the minister of interfering in investigations, ordering officers to act on basis of his political agenda ignoring the chain of command.
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Sharad Pawar, the chief of the Nationalist Congress Party to which Deshmukh belongs, has questioned Singh’s motives. Pawar said that the officer made his allegations after being moved out of the Mumbai top post and into the Home Guards following lapses in the Mukesh Ambani security scare probe.
On Monday, Pawar said the officer was just trying to divert attention from the investigation into the Mukesh Ambani security scare case. The home minister, he said, was ailing at the time mentioned by Singh in his letter and was confined first to a hospital and then to his home in Nagpur from February 5 to 27.
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