Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh (L) in a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray had alleged state hom...Read More
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea filed by former Mumbai police chief
Param Bir Singh
against state home minister Anil Deshmukh which sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation in the alleged corrupt malpractices of the minister.
The apex court directed Singh to move the Bombay high court for a CBI probe against Deshmukh, allowing the former Mumbai police chief to withdraw his petition.
After SC's direction, Singh through his lawyer, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, confirmed that he will be moving to the high court today.
A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul questioned Singh on why the state home minister was not made party in the petition given the allegations levelled against him.
Rohatgi, representing Singh, told the court that he is ready with an application to implede the minister.
Allegations against state home minister very serious: SC on Singh's plea
Hearing Singh's petition, the apex court said that the allegations levelled against Deshmukh are "very serious" and also made an observation on the discouraging state of police reforms in the country.
Read also:Details of allegations made by Param Bir Singh against Deshmukh
The court said that it is unfortunate that the verdict on police reform has not been implemented and the issue of police reforms props up only when some political situation explodes.
Singh was moved out as Mumbai Police Commissioner in wake of the Antilia
bomb scare case
and had challenged the state government's order transferring him from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner.
On Monday, the ousted cop filed a petition before the Supreme Court claiming that Deshmukh "pressurised" him to probe the role of certain BJP leaders and to "somehow implicate" them in the case of the death of MP Mohan Delkar and he "did not succumb" to the pressure.
I was made a scapegoat: Singh on being removed as commissioner
In his plea, he also repeated the graft allegations he had made against Deshmukh in a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, and also accused the Maharashtra Home Minister of interfering in police investigations.
In his letter, Singh said that he has been "made a scapegoat to divert attention from the actual wrongdoers".
Deshmukh has rejected these allegations and threatened to file a defamation suit against Param Bir Singh.
Singh's letter and Antilia bomb scare case
The allegations were made a day after Deshmukh had said that Param Bir Singh was moved out as Mumbai Police Commissioner so that cases pertaining to Sachin Waze were probed without obstruction.
Waze, Assistant Police Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), who was transferred to the Citizen Facilitation Centre at Mumbai Police Headquarters after his name came up in Mansukh Hiren death case, has been sent to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody till March 25, in connection with his alleged role and involvement in placing an explosives-laden vehicle.
Mansukh Hiran, the owner of the vehicle that was found containing explosives outside the house of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, was found dead in a creek on March 5 in Thane.
(With inputs from agencies)