The former Mumbai Police Commissioner was requested to method the Bombay HC together with his plea for probe by an unbiased company into allegations of corruption and abuse of workplace levelled against the Maharashtra Home Minister.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to intervene in a petition filed by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to order a CBI investigation into allegations of corruption and abuse of workplace levelled against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R. Subhash Reddy requested Mr. Singh, who was represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, to method the Bombay High Court together with his plea for an investigation by an unbiased company.
Mr. Rohatgi stated Mr. Singh would move the High Court within the afternoon itself because the “matter was too serious”.
“The parties in this case were hunky-dory for a long time. Now they have fallen apart and this has come up. I agree it is serious, but High Court can deal with it,” Justice Kaul reacted.
Mr. Singh, who was shunted out to the Home Guards Department, stated his switch order arrived “immediately after” he complained to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and different senior leaders in regards to the “corrupt malpractices” of Mr. Deshmukh.
He stated his current switch to the Home Guard Department violated the Supreme Court’s path that senior cops must be assured a tenure of not lower than two years of their posts with out political interference.
“The entire State is rocked. Police reforms have not taken place,” Mr. Rohatgi submitted.
“That is the case with all States, including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, it’s just not this State,” Justice Kaul noticed orally.
Justice Kaul additionally requested Mr. Rohatgi why the Minister was not made a celebration within the petition. Mr. Rohatgi stated he would amend the petition and make him a celebration, however the court docket stated approaching the High Court beneath Article 226 of the Constitution was equally viable and Mr. Singh ought to do this.
‘Matter of public interest’
“This is a matter of serious public interest for whole nation. A police officer is transferred citing administrative grounds but Home Minister himself said on TV that it is not an administrative transfer… This court has entertained petitions under Article 32 on much lesser issues,” Mr. Rohatgi stated.
“The point is simple. He is making some allegations and the Minister is also making allegations. I don’t see a point why you should not move High Court. If you give a list of cases entertained under Article 32, I can also give cases we have relegated to High Court. The power of Article 226 is wide,” Justice Kaul responded
Mr. Rohatgi urged the Bench to request the High Court to take up the case on Thursday itself.
“That request is to be made before High Court,” Justice Kaul didn’t relent.
Mr. Singh has alleged that Mr. Deshmukh held conferences with “officers of lower rank” like Sachin Vaze, now in custody in reference to the Mukesh Ambani residence bomb scare case, and Sanjay Patil, an ACP with the Social Service Branch, at his residence in February. This was completed “bypassing their seniors”. The Home Minister had “instructed” the duo to “accumulate ₹100 crore every month”.
“For achieving this target, the Home Minister had told Vaze that there are about 1,750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai and if a sum of ₹2-3 lakh each was collected from each of them, a monthly collection of ₹ 40-50 crore was achievable,” the petition by Mr. Singh stated.
The former high police official has alleged the Minister, in addition to utilizing cops for his “malicious intent of extorting money”, interfered with investigations, ordering them to be carried out in a “particular manner”. He had additionally indulged in corrupt practices in official postings and transfers of officers.
Mr. Singh has stated he had conveyed his apprehensions to senior leaders and the Chief Minister. “Immediately thereafter, on March 17, he [Singh] was transferred from the post of the Mumbai Police Commissioner to the Home Guard Department in an arbitrary and illegal manner without the completing of the minimum fixed tenure of two years,” the petition stated.
The 1988 IPS batch officer stated his allegations against Mr. Deshmukh, which additionally kind the content material of an explosive letter, required an “unbiased, uninfluenced, impartial and fair investigation” by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Singh stated the court docket needed to act rapidly earlier than the proof against Mr. Deshmukh was “destroyed”.
Mr. Singh stated the official cause for his switch was given as “administrative exigencies”.
However, he believed that the official file additionally famous that he was eliminated as Mumbai Police Commissioner “to ensure a free and fair investigation in the Antilla incident [Ambani residence bomb scare case]”.
He stated that he had assisted the investigation by National Investigation Agency and the Anti-Terrorism Squad into the Antilla incident. There was no case against him that he had in any method obstructed the free and truthful investigation.