SC directs ex-Mumbai top cop to move Bombay HC over allegations against Anil Deshmukh

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 24, 2021 12:59:14 pm

Param Bir Singh, Anil Deshmukh, Param Bir Singh SC case, SC on Param Bir Singh plea, Supreme Court, Indian ExpressParam Bir Singh, then Mumbai Police Commissioner, holds a press conference on October 8, 2020 (Express Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh to approach the Bombay High Court regarding his petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into alleged “corrupt malpractices” by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

“The petitioner is making some allegations and minister too is making allegations… We don’t see why you should not approach the High Court… We have no doubt the matter is quite serious, affecting the administration at large… liberty granted to approach HC,” said a bench of Justices S K Kaul and R Subhash Reddy.

SC: Petitioner is making some allegations and Minister too is making allegations…We don’t see why you should not approach HC…We have no doubt matter is quite serious affecting administration at large…liberty granted to approach HC. @IndianExpress

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In his petition in the apex court, Singh had accused Deshmukh of asking now-suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore every month; of interfering in investigations; pressuring him to implicate BJP leaders in the death by suicide in Mumbai of Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar; and indulging in “corrupt malpractices” in transfers and postings.

In his petition, Singh expressed fear that “evidence such as CCTV camera footage at the residence of… Deshmukh… may be destroyed if immediate directions to take over the same are not issued to CBI”.

Param Bir Singh with Anil Deshmukh in March 2020. (PTI Photo/File)

“Each such act of…Deshmukh in abuse of the official position of the…Home Minister, whether in calling and directly instructing the police officers of lower rank such as…Waze…for his malicious intent of extorting money from establishments across Mumbai and from other sources, or whether in interfering in the investigations and directing the same to be conducted in a particular manner, or whether indulging in corrupt malpractices in posting/transfers of officers, cannot be countenanced or justified in any democratic State,” he stated in his plea.

Singh had made the allegations against Deshmukh in an eight-page letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after he was removed as Mumbai’s police chief. He was subsequently shifted to Maharashtra Home Guards.

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