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Former Mumbai Police top cop moves Supreme Court; Seeks CBI probe against Maharashtra Home Minister

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New Delhi: Former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh has invoked writ jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and sought unbiased, uninfluenced, impartial and fair investigation in the “corrupt malpractices” of Anil Deshmukh, the Home Minister of Government of Maharashtra, before the evidences are destroyed.

Fair CBI investigation is warranted in each acts of Anil Deshmukh in abuse of the official position of the Home Minister, the petition underscores.

Singh has submitted that said Anil Deshmukh had been holding meetings in February, 2021 at his residence with police officers including Sachin Vaze of Crime Intelligence Unit, Mumbai and Sanjay Patil, ACP Social Service Branch, Mumbai, bypassing their seniors and had instructed them that he had a target to accumulate Rs. 100 crores every month and had directed to collect money from various establishments and other sources. Prior to that, the petition says, it is reliably learnt that on or about 24/25 August 2020, one Rashmi Shukla, the Commissioner Intelligence, State Intelligence Department had brought to the notice of the Director General of Police, who in turn brought it to the knowledge of the Additional Chief Secretary Home Department, Government of Maharashtra about corrupt malpractices in postings / transfers by Anil Deshmukh based on telephonic interception. She was shunted out rather than taking any firm action against Anil Deshmukh. Further, Anil Deshmukh had been interfering in various investigations and was instructing the police officers to conduct the same in a particular manner as desired by him. Each such act of Anil Deshmukh in abuse of the official position of the Hon’ble Home Minister, whether in calling and directly instructing the police officers of lower rank such as Vaze or Patil for his malicious intent of extorting money from establishments across Mumbai and from other sources, or whether in interfering in the investigations & directing the same to be conducted in a particular manner, or whether indulging in corrupt malpractices in posting / transfers of officers, cannot be countenanced or justified in any democratic State. Fair CBI investigation is thus warranted in each of such acts of Anil Deshmukh in abuse of the official position of the Home Minister. The petitioner had brought the corrupt practices of Anil Deshmukh in the knowledge of the senior leaders and the Chief Minister of of Maharashtra. Thereafter, the petition adds on 17 March 2021 an Order vide Notification of the Home Department of the Respondent No. 1 bearing no. IPS2021/Vol.No.107/Pol-1 was issued, by virtue of which, the Petitioner herein was transferred from the post of the Police Commissioner of Mumbai to the Home Guard Department in an arbitrary and illegal manner without the completion of the minimum fixed tenure of two years. The said transfer was maliciously effected purportedly under Section 22N(2) of the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951 with the reason that the transfer was necessitated by “administrative exigencies”. It is settled law that the Orders have to stand on the reasons contained in the same and no reasons can be supplemented later. The petitioner believes that the reason for the transfer noted by the Respondent no. 1 in its file is to ensure a free and fair investigation in the Antilia incident leading to FIR no. 35/2021 dated 25 February 2021 registered with Gamdevi Police Station as a result of a car with explosives being found at Altamount Road near Antilia, the residence of Mukesh Ambani, for Bomb Scare. The said case is thereafter being investigated by the ATS and now the NIA, and Sachin Vaze, officer of Crime Intelligence Unit, Mumbai has been arrested for custodial interrogation by NIA.

The petitioner has stated “for the conduct of a free and fair investigation by the ATS and the NIA into the Antilia incident. It is not even case of NIA that the petitioner had in any manner obstructed in free and fair investigation by NIA. Anil Deshmukh, in his capacity as Home Minister of Maharashtra has stated in an interview conducted on 18 March 2021 under the aegis of ‘Lokmat’ that his transfer was not on administrative grounds. The transfer of the petitioner in the aforesaid circumstances is for reasons smeared with malice, when there is no iota of material or evidence – far from proof – found or even imputed against the petitioner, and is solely based on conjectures, surmises and pure speculation, without detail of any sort against the petitioner having been noticed by anybody. Such transfer followed by adverse media publicity by Anil Deshmukh, is in violation of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India, in teeth of the law laid down by this Hon’ble Court in T.S.R. Subramanian v. Union of India, reported in (2013) 15 SCC 732, and in clear non-compliance with the provisions of Indian Police Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954 as amended in 2014. Further, the transfer of the Petitioner is also contrary to the law laid down by this Hon’ble Court in T.P. Senkumar v. Union of India, reported in (2017) 6 SCC 801.

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Is it time to party?

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The innocent and less informed are in a state of shock over the latest disclosure from Mumbai – yes, its been splashed widely by all sections of the media. The news spread like wildfire and was immediately viral on social media – the news about the long letter said to have been written by the ex-top cop of Mumbai Param Bir Singh and addressed to the Maharastra Chief Minister to tell him in detail how the state Home Minister had set a target of Rs 100 Cr per month as extortion money for several police officers in the commercial capital of India. One of the officers given this target was Sachin Vaze, who was earlier detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a case of terror and a suspected murder. The Bharatiya Janata Party, leading the ruling NDA at the Centre, is gunning for the Maharashtra Chief Minister and the State Home Minister in the wake of the explosive content of this letter, which according to the CM’s office, requires verification since it does not carry the sender’s signature. Notwithstanding the objection raised and the call for probe into this matter, what is important and should ring aloud the alarm bells is the fact that no one who knows how the system works is casting any doubt over what has been revealed. A friend of mine who has served as a top bureaucrat remarked: “This is more or less true of all metro police (the targets could vary). Congress perfected it. Police stations are auctioned. The problem blew up as these guys got too greedy. Why do you think, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) asked for the Home portfolio when it joined the ruling coalition in Maharashtra? All know, it was with a purpose”. My friend was quick in his response when in a state of total distress one had said – “What to talk of Daud, or the terrorists from across the border, when we have the Home Minister of Maharashtra facing the allegation of running an extortion racket in Mumbai allegedly involving several police officers.”

In the midst of all this gloom, earlier yesterday, a JNU alumnus had retrieved a news clipping from his archive and posted it on his facebook page to tell all his friends how many years ago he was part of an anti-corruption movement and had gone with a delegation to meet Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma, the then President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan to demand action on the Vohra Committee report on the politician-bureaucrat nexus.

Another friend, a reputed historian, scholar and columnist, has brilliantly summed up the scenario with a unique post on facebook this morning. I’m quoting the post in verbatim. It says it all:

Word Problem in Mathematics for Class 3 students in 2021.
If 100 cr per month is collected for one minister by one Assistant Police Inspector then please find out how much will be collected by two APIs, five Patwaris, 10 Excise Assistants, and 15 Assistant Engineers for 10 ministers in four years. It is a given that one Patwari collects double that of an API, an EA collects 1.5 times that of a Patwari and, an AE collects 3 times that of an EA.”

In sharp contrast, a friend sent me from Australia this morning the video of former diplomat Deepak Vohra, speaking on the TEDx Talk platform. He rolled out figures to establish India has come of age and is now a world leader. Vohra concluded his speech by tapping to the popular tune and asking the audience to join and sing in chorus: “Abhi to party shuru hui hai” (the party has just begun).

Surely, it will be time to party, if as a nation all of us join the chorus and convey to those in power in one voice that its high time we use the “explosive letter” to ensure the protectors of the Constitution will never be allowed to play havoc with the system; corruption will not be tolerated; and the guilty, no matter how high and mighty, they shall not be allowed to go scot-free.

Former Mumbai Police chief accuses Maharashtra Home Minister of setting a Rs 100 cr/month extortion target

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Mumbai: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has written to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray informing him about State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s alleged involvement in a money extortion racket involving Sachin Waze, who has been arrested in connection with a terror/murder case, and several other police officers. The target was to collect Rs 100 crore per month.

Sharply reacting to this letter, leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Devedra Fadnavis said in a statement: “We demand Home Minister’s resignation. If he doesn’t then CM must remove him.” Demanding a fair, Fadnavis has asked why the CM did not act when he was intimated about this earlier.

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Param Bir Singh removed as Mumbai Police Chief

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Mumbai: Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has been transferred and in his place Hemant Nagrale appointed Mumbai Police Commissioner.

Addressing media-persons immediately after assuming charge Nagrale said, his first task is to restore the image of Mumbai Police.

The removal of Param Bir Singh as Mumbai Police Chief, on Wednesday March 17, is significant as it comes in the wake of the arrest of Sachin Vaze by NIA in connection with the a vehicle loaded with explosive gelatin sticks near the imposing residence of leading businessman Mukesh Ambani and the subsequent murder of the owner of this vehicle.

BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has asked why Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze was reappointed. He was suspended in 2004, took VRS in 2008 and later, his voluntary retirement application wasn’t accepted due to an inquiry against him. In 2018, there was pressure from Shiv Sena to get him back, but this was refused, Fadnavis has stated.

In another development, Enforcement Directorate has attached immovable and movable properties in the form of land, commercial and residential units in Mumbai, Indore, Delhi & Gurgaon and balances in bank account totalling to Rs. 32 Crore of television channels namely Fakt Marathi, Box Cinema and Maha Movie in TRP scam case.

On Wednesday, March 17, the PM held a meeting with all CMs on the COVID19 situation.