Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

SC to hear Param Bir Singh’s plea tomorrow

- Press Trust of India :

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on June 11 a plea filed by former Mumbai Police Commission­er Param Bir Singh seeking transfer of all inquiries against him to an independen­t agency outside Maharashtr­a.

As per the cause list uploaded on the apex court website, the plea would come up for hearing before a vacation bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubram­anian on Friday.

On May 18, Justice B R Gavai, who was part of a two-judge bench, had recused himself from hearing the plea.

“List the matter before a bench of which one of us (B R Gavai, J.) is not a member,” the bench had said in its May 18 order.

Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commission­er on March 17 and was made the General Commander of Maharashtr­a State Home Guard after he levelled allegation­s of corruption and misconduct against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader

Anil Deshmukh.the Bombay High Court had ordered a CBI probe into allegation­s of Singh against Deshmukh who had to resign as the minister.

In his plea filed in the apex court, the senior police officer has alleged that he has been made to face several inquiries by the state government and its instrument­alities and sought their transfer outside Maharashtr­a and a probe into them by an independen­t agency like the Cbi.singh has been facing inquiries, including the one under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in a case of 2015 and he has termed this as a witch-hunt by the state agency.

He has made the state government, the CBI and the Maharashtr­a Police chief as parties in his plea. Singh, in his earlier plea filed before the top court, had sought a CBI probe against Deshmukh who, he claimed, had asked police officers, including Sachin Waze, to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurant­s.

The top court had then asked him to go before the Bombay HC which later ordered CBI probe into Singh’s allegation­s.

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