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Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh transferred

Hemant Nagrale has taken charge as the new Mumbai Police Commissioner. 

Antilia bomb scare: Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh transferred-VPN
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Mumbai, First Published Mar 17, 2021, 5:02 PM IST
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Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has been transferred to the Home Guard department. Hemant Nagrale has taken charge as the new Mumbai Police Commissioner. 

This information was given by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

The transfer comes in the backdrop of the arrest of Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze by the National Investigation Agency over its probe into the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence 'Antilia'

The Antilia bomb scare case has put the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government in a spot of bother.

The alleged involvement of now-under suspension Sachin Vaze in the conspiracy to park an explosive-laden SUV outside the residence of Mukesh Ambani and the death of the vehicle's owner Mansukh Hiren has left the police force and the state government red-faced.

Under fire were state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. And it was only a matter of time before the guillotine fell upon Param Bir Singh.

Sources said that the state government was upset with Param Bir's handling of the case.

Adding to the state government's woes, the National Investigation Agency which is probing the case has recovered the white Innova car that was tailing the explosive-laden Scorpio on the night it was parked outside Ambani's residence. The Innova was recovered from the Mumbai Police Commissionerate office.

According to television reports, the car allegedly belongs to the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Mumbai Police. 

On Tuesday night, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, DGP Hemant Nagrale and Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his residence.

The meeting came after NIA IG Anil Shukla revealed that the agency had seized a black colour Mercedes Benz which used to be driven by Sachin Vaze. 

From the Mercedes car, the NIA recovered the number plate of the Scorpio car, over Rs 5 lakh in cash, a note counting machine and some clothes. An investigation is on to ascertain who originally owns the luxury car, the NIA IG said.

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