Thane cops grilled Param Bir Singh, DG-Home Guard and former city police chief, for over 8 hours on Friday, a day after he was questioned by the Mumbai Crime Branch in connection with an extortion case. A Thane court had already issued a non-bailable warrant for the top cop, who claimed to be a law-abiding citizen.
According to sources, Singh has denied all claims in the Thane police case, claiming that he had no involvement because he was the force’s chief and the inquiry was handled by his subordinates. He had also denied all charges on Thursday.
On the complaint of Ketan Tanna, a builder and bookie, Thane Nagar police filed an extortion case against Singh and a few serving cops in July.
Tanna claimed in his complaint that between 2018 and 2019, when Singh was the Thane police commissioner, he and a few other policemen extorted Rs 1.25 crore from him by threatening him with grave repercussions. In a similar manner, he claims they extorted Rs 3 crore from his pal and bookie Sonu Jalan.
Around 10:30 a.m., Singh reported to the Thane Nagar police station. Around 3 p.m., he proceeded to the Thane court to file an application to have the non-bailable order against him lifted. He returned to take part in the interrogation and left at 7 p.m.
In this case, the Thane police have arrested a private individual. Pradeep Sharma, a former encounter specialist, has also been listed as an accused.
Singh reappeared on Thursday, more than two months after going missing, when the Supreme Court granted him protection from arrest. The Mumbai Crime Branch interrogated him for six hours on Wednesday. “I am a law-abiding person who is working with the investigation in accordance with the Supreme Court’s directives.” “I’ve recorded my statement and will go wherever my presence is needed,” Singh said around noon.
Singh’s lawyer had also approached the Chandiwal Commission, stating that the officer was available to testify on Friday, but the Commission had requested that he appear on Monday instead.
The Shining Media is an independent news website and channel, covering updates from the world of Politics, Entertainment, Sports, International, National, and a lot more.