Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh (File photograph)
MUMBAI: Maharashtra authorities on Thursday knowledgeable Bombay excessive court docket that former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh wouldn’t be arrested until May 20 in reference to an FIR registered in opposition to him by Thane police primarily based on a criticism by police officer Bhimrao Ghadge.
Special counsel for the state Darius Khambata with public prosecutor gave the reassurance on a petition filed by the IPS officer who sought quashing of the felony case on floor that it’s “malafide”. The state will file its reply by May 20 to his petition.
Senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani, showing 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 as a result of paucity of time, requested Singh to say his petition earlier than a trip bench in case of urgency. On Thursday, the holiday 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 in opposition to him on April 28 beneath the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act other than numerous sections beneath the Indian Penal Code and part 7 of the Civil Rights Protection Act, 1955. The FIR was then transferred to Bazzaar Peth police station in Kalyan. The FIR is in opposition to Singh and about 30 others.
Singh’s petition stated the FIR falsely accused him of acts allegedly having taken place in 2015, after failing in an try and strain him to withdraw his March 20, 2021 letter to the chief minister alleging ‘corrupt malpractice’ in opposition to then house minister Anil Deshmukh.
Singh stated the FIR can be a “retaliation” to a different petition he had filed earlier than the Bombay HC for a CBI probe features of ‘felony conspiracy to thwart its probe’ and to quash the preliminary enquiries ordered final month by the state for alleged service rule breach and allegations by one other police inspector.
Ghadge’s counsel Pradnya Talekar cited a Supreme court docket ruling to argue that the interim reliefs sought by Singh for protecting order and to remain the probe can’t be granted.