‘Tell us where you are’: SC seeks Param Bir Singh’s whereabouts, refuses to grant relief against arrest

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Updated: November 18, 2021 1:54 PM

The Supreme Court said it will hear former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh's plea seeking protection against arrest only after it knows where he is.

The Supreme Court said it will hear former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh's plea seeking protection against arrest only after it knows where he is.

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the whereabouts of absconding former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh and said it will hear his plea seeking protection against arrest only after it knows where he is. Asking Singh’s lawyer to disclose his location, the top court posted the matter for hearing on November 22.

“Which part of the world is the petitioner in? Are you in this country or outside? First I want to know where are you,” Justice SK Kaul asked.

A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul took exception that his plea seeking protection has been filed through power of attorney.

“You are seeking protective orders; nobody knows where you are. Suppose you are sitting abroad and taking legal recourse through power of attorney then what happens. If that is so then you will come to India if the court rules in your favour, we don’t know what you have in mind. No protection, no hearing until we know where you are,” said the bench also comprising Justice M M Sundresh.

A magistrate’s court in Bombay on Wednesday declared Singh a “proclaimed offender” in an extortion case registered against him and some other police officers in the city.

Under Section 82 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, a court can publish a proclamation requiring an accused to appear if a warrant issued against him or her cannot be executed. As per Section 83, after issuing such a proclamation the court can also order attachment of the proclaimed offender’s properties.

Singh faces at least four cases of extortion and is believed to have fled the country.

Singh was last seen in public on April 7, when he appeared before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here to record statement in the Antilia bomb scare case. The CBI also recorded his statement in the Deshmukh case.

He last attended office on May 4, following which he went on leave citing health issues, a senior official said. Singh then sought an extension of leave claiming he had undergone a surgery.

In August he requested one more extension. On October 20, the police told the Bombay High Court that he was “not traceable”, and therefore they can not continue an earlier assurance not to arrest him in a case under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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