Param Bir Singh Gets Protection From Arrest, Supreme Court Orders Him To Cooperate In Investigation

Sachin Vaze, Param Bir Singh, Anil Deshmukh
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Mumbai/New Delhi, 22 November 2021: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has got a big relief from the Supreme Court. While staying the arrest of Singh, the court has directed him to cooperate in the investigation. At the same time, Singh’s lawyer told the court that he is in the country and he is ready to appear before the CBI in 48 hours.

In the last hearing, the top court had said that first Singh should tell where he is, only then his petition will be heard. A Mumbai court has declared Parambir Singh an absconder as he is not appearing before the inquiry committee despite repeated summons. Mumbai Police wants to interrogate him in connection with the recovery (vasuli) of Rs 100 crore from business establishments.

The Supreme Court had said in the last hearing that Singh’s plea for security would be heard only if he states whether he is in the country or out of the country. In the last hearing, the Supreme Court had given Singh time till November 22 and asked his lawyer to inform him about his whereabouts for the next hearing. The petition seeking protection on behalf of Singh has been filed through power of attorney.

Singh has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking protection. A magisterial court in Mumbai has declared him absconder in the extortion case registered against Singh and some other police officers. Singh had last visited his office in May this year after which he went on leave. The state police had told the Bombay High Court last month that it had no information about where he was.

According to officials, the Maharashtra Police had issued the LoC two months after Singh went on leave. Several FIRs have been registered against Singh under various sections of the IPC. There were also two investigations pending against him in the Anti-Corruption Bureau. A case of extortion was registered against Singh, Sachin Waje and others at the Goregaon police station on July 23, the investigation of which was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch. This is the second case of extortion in which Parambir Singh’s name has been taken.