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Ex-Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh moves Bombay HC against Justice Chandiwal Inquiry Committee

The petition stated that in May this year, the commission issued summons to Singh and when he failed to appear, a cost was imposed on him on June 22.

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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 4, 2021, 6:39 PM IST

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh moved the Bombay High Court on Wednesday challenging the legality of an order passed by the Justice (retd) KU Chandiwal inquiry committee directing him to be present for cross-examination.

The order issued by a one-member inquiry commission, set up by the Maharashtra government to probe into allegations of corruption against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh, directs the former Mumbai police commissioner to appear before it for deposition.

The petition mentions the letter written by Singh to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray against former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on March 20. The letter stated several corrupt malpractices of Deshmukh. Soon thereafter, on April 5, the High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct a preliminary inquiry against the former Minister, pursuant to which an FIR was registered by the agency.

Deshmukh sought quashing of the FIR, but the plea was dismissed by the High Court.

Param Bir's petition contended, “On May 5, the ‘Justice KU Chandiwal, High-Level Inquiry Committee Procedure Rules’ of the inquiry committee came to be published. On July 5, Singh submitted a letter to the Registrar of the Committee informing it that the scope entrusted upon it vide government resolution dated March 30, 2021, has been adjudicated upon.”

On February 20, ex-Mumbai CP Param Bir Singh levelled serious 'extortion' charges against Anil Deshmukh. In a letter addressed to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Singh refuted Deshmukh's remarks that his transfer was due to serious lapses in the Antilia bomb scare case. Furthermore, he alleged that the NCP leader had asked Assistant Inspector Sachin Vaze to extort Rs 100 crores per month from 1750 bars, restaurants, and other establishments in Mumbai.

On May 11, the Enforcement Directorate filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against Anil Deshmukh under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) for allegedly obtaining illegal gratification which was based on the corruption case registered by the CBI.

Deshmukh had resigned from the post of state Home Minister in April this year after the HC directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry into the allegations of corruption levelled against him by Singh.

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