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Atrocities case: Maharashtra government extends protection from arrest to Param Bir Singh till June 22

 The Maharashtra government continued its earlier statement and assured the HC that it will not take coercive steps, including arresting Singh, till the next hearing in connection to the Thane FIR.
 

Atrocities case: Maharashtra government extends protection from arrest to Param Bir Singh till June 22-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jun 14, 2021, 12:49 PM IST
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The Bombay High Court on Monday adjourned till June 22 hearing on pleas filed by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh seeking quashing of an FIR lodged against him by Thane Police under the Atrocities Act and another plea challenging preliminary inquiries initiated against him.

The Maharashtra government continued its earlier statement and assured the HC that it will not take coercive steps, including arresting Singh, till the next hearing in connection to the Thane FIR.

Senior Counsel Darius Khambata appearing for the state submitted that the government would continue its earlier statement of no coercive action against Singh in the Thane case till the next hearing, which the Court accepted.

Following Khambata's statement, a bench of Justices PB Varale and SP Tavade adjourned the hearing till June 22 on the pleas filed by Singh seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him by the Thane Police under the Atrocities Act and challenging preliminary inquiries initiated against him by the state government.

A total of 27 sections, including those under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, were added in an FIR registered against Singh in April this year on a complaint lodged by Akola police inspector BR Ghadge.

Ghadge, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste community, had alleged that Singh had conspired with others to implicate him in some cases of extortion after he refused to follow Singh's illegal orders to benefit some accused persons in a criminal case.

On June 22, the court will also hear an intervention plea by Khar-based developer Kartik Bhatt alleging that earlier this year, Singh, through his two officers, had tried to extort Rs. 200 crores for an SRA project that Bhatt had undertaken in Chembur. Bhatt alleged that he had already paid Singh extortion money in 2018 for the same project.

The bench also adjourned the June 22 hearing on a plea by senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla and former Commissioner, state intelligence department, against an “illegal” phone-tapping case, registered by Mumbai Police. The state government assured the court of no coercive steps including arrest against Shukla till then.

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