The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh’s petition to transfer the cases against him in Maharashtra to the Central Bureau of Investigation or other independent agency, Bar and Bench reported.
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Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian said they were shocked to see that Singh, who served in the Maharashtra cadre for 30 years, had no faith in that system.
A first information report had been filed against Singh and others in April after a police officer accused him of corruption between 2015 and 2018. The complainant, Bhimrao Ghadge, alleged that Singh, while he was posted as the Thane police chief, had asked him not to chargesheet certain individuals against whom FIRs were registered. Ghagde also alleged that he was suspended for refusing to follow Singh’s orders.
Twenty-seven sections, including criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and under the provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989, were applied against those accused in the case. Singh was granted protection from arrest by the Bombay High Court in May this year.
Singh was embroiled in another controversy in March for accusing former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of extorting money from bars, restaurants and hookah parlours in Mumbai. His accusations triggered a huge…