Ex-Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh granted protection from arrest, Supreme Court asks him to join probe

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Updated: November 22, 2021 1:42 PM

The submission by Param Bir Singh's lawyer came after the top court last week said that it will not hear an appeal filed by him until it knows his whereabouts.

The submission by Param Bir Singh's lawyer came after the top court last week said that it will not hear an appeal filed by him until it knows his whereabouts.

The Supreme Court on Monday granted protection from arrest to former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and directed him to join the investigation in connection with an extortion case. A bench comprising Justices S K Kaul and M M Sundresh issued notices to the Maharashtra government, its DGP Sanjay Pande and the CBI on Singh’s plea, and posted the matter for hearing on December 6.

The top court direction came after Singh’s lawyer told the Supreme Court that the former Mumbai top cop was ready to appear before the CBI within the next 48 hours. He said that Singh was “very much in India” and not absconding, and was hiding as he faces threat to life from police.

Singh, who had accused the then Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh of corruption, has alleged frame up in criminal cases. Besides seeking protection from coercive steps, Singh has sought CBI probe into the entire issue involving him.

The submission by Singh’s lawyer came after the top court last week said that it will not hear an appeal filed by him until it knows his whereabouts. The bench made it clear that it was not going to treat him any differently and adjourned the hearing for November 22.

Singh faces at least four cases of extortion and so far, reports had suggested that he may have fled the country.

The senior police officer had approached the SC against the High Court’s September 16 judgement dismissing his plea challenging the two preliminary inquiries initiated against him by the Maharashtra government.

The Mumbai Police had moved the court in connection with a case registered on the complaint by hotelier Bimal Agarwal, levelling extortion charges against Singh and dismissed Mumbai cop Sachin Waze.

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