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“You Are Part of Maharashtra Cadre For 30 Years, Can’t Have Doubt On Own Force”: Supreme Court Slams Parambir Singh

Justice Gupta said that Parambir Singh had been a part of the Maharashtra Police force for the last 30 years. “You can’t have doubt on your Police force.”

 

New Delhi| Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, riddled in corruption allegations, has got no relief from the Supreme Court. The Apex Court on Friday has categorically refused to hear the plea of ​​Parambir Singh, in which the IPS officer has sought transfer of all the departmental inquiries against him to an independent agency outside Maharashtra. Not only did the court refused to entertain the writ petition filed by Parambir Singh, but it has also reprimanded him.

The matter was listed before the Bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian. Justice Gupta said that Parambir Singh had been a part of the Maharashtra Police force for the last 30 years. “You can’t have doubt on your Police force,” Justice Gupta noted.  “You are part of Maharashtra cadre and now you don’t have confidence in your state police’s functioning? This is a shocking allegation,” the court added.

“You are part of Maharashtra cadre and now you don’t have confidence in your state police’s functioning? This is a shocking allegation.”

– Supreme Court

Parambir Singh had approached the court against the departmental inquiries launched by Maharashtra Police against him. Justice Gupta asked Singh’s counsel why should the court allow the petition when 3 identical petitions are already filed in the Bombay High Court and the reliefs sought are identical.

Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani said that there is an attempt to subvert the order of the Bombay High Court for a CBI preliminary enquiry against former Home Minister of the state Anil Deshmukh, which has now led to an FIR and the accused came to Supreme Court and were rejected.

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However, the court noted that it cannot put a blanket stay on the filing of FIRs. “There are different magistrates to deal with the FIRs. We are not dealing with all the FIRs,” the court said. To this, Mahesh Jethmalani, Parambir Singh’s counsel said that his client will have to fight all these cases just because of one letter.

Court promptly responding to this said,

“It is commonly said that a person who lives in a glass house should not throw stones at others!”

According to the list released on the apex court’s website, Parambir Singh’s plea was to be heard on Friday before a vacation bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice V Ramasubramaniam. The court did not consider the petition of Parambir Singh to be maintainable. Justice BR Gavai recused himself from hearing the petition on May 18. Earlier, he was part of a two-member bench.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it would not arrest former Mumbai Police commissioner Parambir Singh in the case registered under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act till June 15. Senior advocate Darius Khambata, appearing for the state government, said in his opening statement that the police would not arrest Singh till June 15.

 

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