In connection with extortion proceedings filed against him, a new non-bailable warrant has been issued for former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Last month, the state home department proposed declaring the former top cop an absconder and enlisting the help of the Intelligence Bureau to track him down. The legal process of labelling Singh an absconder has begun, according to home department authorities.
According to ANI, this is Singh’s third arrest warrant, and it was issued in connection with an extortion case filed at the Marine Drive police station. Following hours of investigation by the state investigation department on Monday, two serving police inspectors, Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke, were detained in the same case.
Non-bailable warrant issued against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in connection with extortion cases registered against him. pic.twitter.com/4ij0CFHxbc
— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2021
The extortion case against Singh, dismissed officer Sachin Waze, and others was filed on July 23 at Goregaon police station, with the investigation being handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch. Singh has now been charged with extortion in two separate cases.
The Enforcement Directorate had already called the former top officer to give a testimony in connection with the money laundering case involving ex-Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh.
Deshmukh was also accused of “malpractices” by Singh, who ordered Waze and other officers to collect Rs 100 crore from restaurants and bars in the country’s financial centre every month.
Uddhav Thackeray, the state’s chief minister, has before poked fun at Singh’s fugitive status. While the Supreme Court was discussing a case that had been waiting in Maharashtra since 1958 because the accused had fled, he observed that there was currently a situation where the complainant himself was gone.
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