SC refuses to listen to Param Bir Singh’s request that investigations be transferred | India News

SC refuses to listen to Param Bir Singh's request that investigations be transferred |  India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday he refused to entertain the former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singhthe request for the transfer of all criminal cases against you abroad Maharashtra and the investigation is turned over from the state police to an independent agency.
Singh, a 1988 IPS officer, was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner on March 17 and was appointed Commanding General of the Maharashtra State National Guard after he brought charges of corruption and misconduct against the then Minister of the Interior and senior NCP Leader Anil Deshmukh.
The Bombay High Court had ordered a CBI investigate Singh’s accusations against Deshmukh, who had to resign as minister.
In his guilty plea filed in high court, the senior police officer alleged that the state government and its instrumentalities forced him to face various investigations and requested his transfer out of Maharashtra and an investigation into them by an independent agency such as the CBI.
Singh has been facing investigations, including that of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes Act (Atrocity Prevention) in a 2015 case and the state agency called it a witch hunt.
He has included the state government, the CBI and the Maharashtra police chief as parties to his guilty plea.
Singh, in his earlier statement filed with the high court, had requested a CBI investigation against Deshmukh who, he claimed, had asked police officers, including Sachin Waze, to extort 100 million rupees from bars and restaurants.
The high court had asked him to appear before the Bombay high court, which then ordered CBI to investigate Singh’s allegations.
Subsequently, the state government and the PNC leader filed an appeal in the higher court, but did not obtain any redress against the higher court order.
Deshmukh denied wrongdoing and said there was not a shred of substantial evidence to establish prima facie that any of Singh’s allegations contained an element of truth.
In its 52-page ruling issued earlier, the high court had said that Singh’s charges against Deshmukh had put citizens’ faith in the state police at stake.
Such accusations, made by a serving police officer, against the state’s interior minister could not be left unheeded and should be investigated, if prima facie they constituted a case of recognizable crime, the higher court had said.
The high court verdict came in three PILs, including one filed by Singh seeking various reparations as well as a CBI investigation into the matter.
(With inputs from agencies)


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