Is Mumbai Ex-Top Cop At Russia? Home Minister Says “We’re Searching Param Bir Singh”

Param Bir Singh

Mumbai : Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh who was handling the bomb scare case near Mukesh Ambani’s house is missing. He is also facing a series of extortion cases and search operation is on, said Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil. According to sources he might be in Russia.

On the reports of Singh’s run away to Russia, Patil said, “Along with the Union Home Ministry, we’re also searching for his whereabouts. I’ve heard something like that but as a government officer, he can’t go abroad without government clearance. We’ve issued a Lookout Circular and if he went away, then it is not good.”

Patil said that no one can go abroad without government clearance. He said, “Whether it is a minister, officer, or Chief Minister, there are limitations and without the permission of the government of India one cannot go outside the country. No one can cross these limitations. What action can be taken will have to be discussed with the centre. Maharashtra government is looking for him and once he is found we will decide.”

After his transfer to the Home Guard Department, the IPS officer made sensational accusations against then state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of asking police officers to collect bribes from hotel and bar owners, an allegation the latter denied.

Singh has also been named in at least four extortion complaints. Maharashtra Police Chief Sanjay Pandey recently sent a proposal to suspend Param Bir and other police officials named in the extortion cases, but the state Home Department has sought more details, news agency PTI reported. But Deshmukh stepped down from his post subsequently as the CBI registered a case against him. Deshmukh has also not responded to summons by the Enforcement Directorate which is probing money-laundering allegations against him. The ED has asked for help from the CBI to trace Deshmukh.

On February 25 this year, an SUV with gelatin sticks was found at Carmichael Road, near the residence of Mukesh Ambani. The car belonged to Mansukh Hiren whose body was later found in the Kalwa creek in Thane.

A police officer, Sachin Waze, was named as the prime suspect in the case of planting the explosives and the subsequent murder of Mansukh Hiren. Waze was close to Param Bir Singh and had direct access to him despite being just an Assistant Police Inspector.

Singh was transferred from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner in March after Waze’s arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).The NIA chargesheet in the case has not named Param Bir Singh as an accused but several revelations in the sheet might create a mess for Param Bir Singh.


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