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Thane court issues non-bailable warrant against ex-Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh

Thane court issues non-bailable warrant against ex-Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh

A Thane court has issued a non-bailable warrant against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in an alleged extortion case. The order was issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate RJ Tamble two days ago to Thane Nagar police station, where the case is registered. The order became available on Thursday.

 As “Accused Param Bir Singh, R/at: House No: 133, Sector-27 Chandigarh” is charged with offences including extortion under IPC section 384, “you are hereby directed (to) arrest the said accused and produce him before me,” the order said.

The case was registered in July against Param Bir Singh and 28 others including six police officers for allegedly extorting money from a builder. Earlier, Mumbai Police Crime Branch had filed an application in a sessions court in Thane seeking a non-bailable warrant against Singh.

Other accused include retired ‘encounter specialist’ police officer Pradeep Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Devraj, Assistant Commissioner of Police N T Kadam and inspector Rajkumar Kothmire.

Complainant Ketan Tanna had alleged that when Singh was Thane police commissioner between January 2018 to February 2019, the accused extorted Rs 1.25 crore from him by summoning him to the office of the Anti-Extortion Cell and threatening to frame him up in serious criminal cases.

Two other extortion cases have been registered against the IPS officer, based on a complaint filed by another builder. Singh is also facing an inquiry by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau and a case filed by a police officer from Akola against him under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act).

The former Mumbai police commissioner’s whereabouts are not known and he has been missing, the Maharashtra government had earlier told the Bombay High Court. The police had issued a summons for Singh on October 9, which the former top cop missed. Police, subsequently, went to look for him in his Malabar Hill house but could not find him, India Today reported. 

Several media reports have speculated that Singh, who has multiple cases of extortion against him, may have fled the country. According to Mid-Day, the state Home department has also stopped Singh’s salary, which could expedite the process of declaring him an absconder. Singh’s representatives have submitted that he missed his summons due to health issues, the local daily reported.

Singh, who was the Mumbai Police Commissioner in March, was transferred to the Home Guards department, following the arrest of cop Sachin Waze and associated controversies related to the Antilla bomb scare case. Singh, then, levelled serious allegations against the then-state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Several cases of extortion have been filed against Singh since then.

(With inputs from PTI)

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