Supreme Court Ex-Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh moves SC against...

Ex-Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh moves SC against transfer to Home dept

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New Delhi, Mar 22 (ILNS) Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh today moved the Supreme Court, seeking cancellation of the Maharashtra government’s order to transfer him to the Home Guard Department.

In his petition, Mr Singh said that his transfer was done in an ‘arbitrary and illegal’ manner, “without the completion of the minimum fixed tenure of two years”.

“The said transfer was maliciously effected purportedly under Section 22N(2) of the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951 with the reason that the transfer was necessitated by ‘administrative exigencies’. It is settled law that the orders have to stand on the reasons contained in the same and no reasons can be supplemented later,” the former top cop added in the petition.

He said that as Commissioner of Mumbai Police, he ensured that the investigation in the Ambani security threat case was carried out in a fair and transparent manner, and also did not obstruct the probe by NIA.

Mr Singh also sought an investigation into the alleged corrupt practices of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. He further demanded a CBI probe into the report submitted by former Additional DG, Special Intelligence, Rashmi Shukla, who had levelled serious corruption charges on the state Home department, regarding bribes taken for transfers and postings.

The former Police Commissioner also urged the apex court to collect CCTV footage of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s residence in Mumbai, to corroborate with the charges he has levelled.

He said an “unbiased, uninfluenced, impartial, and fair investigation in the corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister of Government of Maharashtra” should be conducted, before the evidences are destroyed.

Facing criticism over the ‘mishandling’ of bomb scare case outside the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, the Maharashtra government had, on March 17, transferred Mr Singh from the post and appointed senior IPS officer Hemant Nagrale, who was holding additional charge of Maharashtra DGP, as the new Commissioner of Mumbai Police.

Days after he was shunted out, Mr Singh, in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, accused Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of indulging in ‘malpractices’ and asking Inspector Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore a month. ILNS/SNG/RJ

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