Mumbai’s X-Top Cop Param Bir Singh, declared “absconding”, Surface

Former top Mumbai police officer Param Bir Singh last reported for work in May (File)

Mumbai:

Former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh – who faces at least four cases of extortion in Maharashtra and was missing since October, sparking rumors of him having fled the country – was on Thursday morning in the Crime Branch Unit 11 of the city police. appeared in the office.

“I will join the investigation as directed by the court,” Singh told reporters at the Mumbai airport today after taking off from Chandigarh.

On Monday, the Supreme Court granted protection from arrest to the former top Mumbai cop, raising eyebrows. He was asked to join the investigation into the extortion charges against him.

Param Bir Singh “doesn’t want to run away and doesn’t want to run anywhere” but there is a threat to his life, his lawyer told the court, assuring that Mr Singh was indeed in India.

“I am afraid it should not be produced in the court. I have full faith in the system. I am ready to appear before the CBI court (but) I am being harassed. I am suffering…” Mr. Singh requested.

To that a puzzled court replied: “If the former Mumbai Police Commissioner says he is under threat from the Mumbai Police, what kind of message does it send?”

“The officer will join the investigation. But will not be arrested,” the court ultimately ruled.

Last week the same court refused to grant Mr Singh any such protection, and asked him to reveal himself before sternly. The court had said, “Where are you? Are you in this country or outside? In some state? Where are you? No security until we know where you are.”

Param Bir Singh has not reported for work since May – when he was transferred as Mumbai Police Commissioner and later the then Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was accused of corruption; Mr. Deshmukh has since been arrested and is now in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate.

The Mumbai Police had told the court that it did not know where he was.

On 17 November, a Mumbai court held that Mr Singh could be declared a “fugitive”, meaning he could be considered a fugitive by law.

A notice to this effect was pasted outside his house in Juhu area of ​​the city earlier this week.

Param Bir Singh transferred Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze was arrested in connection with the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare (an SUV loaded with explosives was found near Mr. Ambani’s house) and later the suspicious death of businessman Mansukh Hiran.

Mr. Vaze was known to be close to Param Bir Singh and had direct access despite being only an Assistant Inspector of Police. Mr Singh was transferred in March – following the arrest of Sachin Vaze by the NIA.

Following his transfer (to the home guard), Mr. Singh made sensational allegations against Mr. Deshmukh, alleging that he asked police officers to take bribes from hotel and bar owners.

Mr Deshmukh has denied all these allegations.

With input from PTI

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