Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh (File photo)
MUMBAI: Maharashtra government on Thursday informed Bombay high court that former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh would not be arrested till May 20 in connection with an FIR registered against him by Thane police based on a complaint by police officer Bhimrao Ghadge.
Special counsel for the state Darius Khambata with public prosecutor gave the assurance on a petition filed by the IPS officer who sought quashing of the criminal case on ground that it is “malafide”. The state will file its reply by May 20 to his petition.
Senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani, appearing for Singh, submitted that the investigation is “completely illegal and amounts to reinvestigation which cannot be undertaken without court nod.”
Last week the HC had due to paucity of time, asked Singh to mention his petition before a vacation bench in case of urgency. On Thursday, the vacation bench of Justices PB Varale and NR Borkar heard his plea briefly.
Singh sought quashing of an FIR registered first at Akola police station by police inspector BR Ghadge against him on April 28 under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act apart from various sections under the Indian Penal Code and section 7 of the Civil Rights Protection Act, 1955. The FIR was then transferred to Bazzaar Peth police station in Kalyan. The FIR is against Singh and about 30 others.
Singh’s petition said the FIR falsely accused him of acts allegedly having taken place in 2015, after failing in an attempt to pressure him to withdraw his March 20, 2021 letter to the chief minister alleging ‘corrupt malpractice’ against then home minister Anil Deshmukh.
Singh said the FIR is also a “retaliation” to another petition he had filed before the Bombay HC for a CBI probe aspects of ‘criminal conspiracy to thwart its probe’ and to quash the preliminary enquiries ordered last month by the state for alleged service rule breach and allegations by another police inspector.
Ghadge’s counsel Pradnya Talekar cited a Supreme court ruling to argue that the interim reliefs sought by Singh for protective order and to stay the probe cannot be granted.