SC refuses to hear Param Bir Singh’s plea seeking transfer of inquiries

Supreme Court has refused to entertain former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s plea seeking transfer of all inquiries against him to an independent agency outside Maharashtra.

A Bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian granted liberty to the petitioner to withdraw the petition and raise his contentions before the Bombay High Court.

While refusing to entertain Param Bir Singh’s plea, the SC said it is “shocking” that former Mumbai police commissioner, who has served the state for over 30 years, is now stating that he has no trust in state police and is seeking transfer of all inquiries against him to an independent agency outside Maharashtra.

“It is commonly said, the person who lives in glass house should not throw stones at others,” said the vacation bench while hearing Singh’s plea seeking transfer of inquiries against him outside Maharashtra.

“You’ve been in the police force for 30 years. You can’t now say you want your inquiries outside the state. You can’t have doubts over your own force. You’re part of the Maharashtra cadre and now you don’t trust the functioning of your own state? This is a shocking allegation,” SC noted during the hearing.

Although Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani made elaborate arguments for Param Bir Singh, the bench was not inclined to entertain the matter.

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.