Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh moves SC against Anil Deshmukh, seeks protection from Maha govt
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, who was sacked from his position earlier this month over his "mishandling" of the bomb scare outside Mukesh Ambani's residence, on Monday moved the Supreme Court against his transfer to the Home Guard Department, reported news agency ANI.
In his petition, Singh has also demanded a CBI inquiry against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and sought protection from further coercive action from the state government against him.
Singh on Friday had accused state Deshmukh of corruption. In his letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Singh claimed that Deshmukh had allegedly asked encounter specialist Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore from bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai.
Following Singh's letter, a major political storm erupted in Maharashtra with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding strict action against Deshmukh and said that President's rule should be imposed in the state.
However, Deshmukh has refuted all charges levelled against him by Singh and said that the former Mumbai Police commissioner is trying to save himself from further investigation.
"A few journalists were waiting for me at the hospital gate after I got discharged on 15th February. I was feeling low and weak so I sat on the chair there and responded to their questions. Then I went straight to my car and went home," said Deshmukh on Monday, as reported by ANI.
"I was in home quarantine from February 15th to 27th. I stepped out of my house for the first time on February 28th," he added.
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar on Monday dismissed reports about Deshmukh's resignation and alleged that Singh's claim are a part of a plan to distract attention from the investigation into the Mukesh Ambani security scare case.
"It is clear that during the period about which the allegations were made, Anil Deshmukh was hospitalised. As this is clear, such demands hold no power," he said.
"If you see the former Commissioner's letter, he mentions that in mid-February he was informed by certain officers that they got such and such instructions from Home Minister...From 6th-16th Feb, Mr Deshmukh was admitted in the hospital because of Corona," he added.
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