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‘Allegations against Deshmukh Serious’, SC asks Param Bir to move HC for CBI probe

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Reviewing a plea filed by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, for a CBI probe over the alleged extortion accusations against the minister, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused the petition while directing Mumbai’s top cop to move the Bombay high court for a CBI probe against Deshmukh.

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After SC’s direction, Singh withdrew petition and through his lawyer, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, confirmed that he will be moving to the high court today.

A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul questioned Singh on why the state home minister was not made party in the petition given the allegations levelled against him.

Rohatgi, representing Singh, told the court that he is ready with an application to implead the minister.

SC cited allegations against Anil Deshmukh “very serious”:

Hearing Singh’s petition, the apex court said that the allegations levelled against Maharashtra Cabinet Minister are “very serious” and also made an observation on the discouraging state of police reforms in the country.

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The court said that it is unfortunate that the verdict on police reform has not been implemented and the issue of police reforms props up only when some political situation explodes.

To note, Param Bir Singh was removed as Mumbai Police Commissioner in wake of the Ambani’s Antilia bomb scare case following which he had challenged the state government’s order of his transfer in the top court.

On Monday, the ousted cop filed a petition before the Supreme Court claiming that Deshmukh “pressurised” him to investigate the role of certain BJP leaders and to “somehow implicate” them in the case of the death of MP Mohan Delkar and he “did not succumb” to the pressure.

In his plea, Singh also repeated the grieve allegations he had made against Deshmukh in a letter to state chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, and also accused the Maharashtra Home Minister of interfering in police investigations.

In his letter, Singh said that he has been “made a scapegoat to divert attention from the actual wrongdoers”.

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However, Deshmukh has rejected these allegations and threatened to file a defamation suit against Param Bir Singh.

Param Bir Singh’s letter and Antilia bomb scare case

The allegations were made a day after Deshmukh had said that Param Bir Singh was moved out as Mumbai Police Commissioner so that cases pertaining to “encounter specialist” Sachin Vaze, a prime suspect in Antilia bomb scare case, were probed without obstruction.

Vaze, Assistant Police Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), who was transferred to the Citizen Facilitation Centre at Mumbai Police Headquarters after his name came up in Mansukh Hiren death case, has been sent to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody till March 25, in connection with his alleged role and involvement in placing an explosives-laden SUV outside the residence of Reliance Industries Chairman, Mukesh Ambani.

Mansukh Hiran, the owner of the SUV – that was found abandoned laden with explosive gelatin sticks outside the house of Reliance  Mukesh Ambani, was found dead in a creek on March 5 in Thane.

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