SC hints at CBI probe into criminal cases against ex-Mumbai CP Param Bir Singh


New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that the criminal cases registered against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in Maharashtra would be probed by a Central probe agency.

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M M Sundaresh asked the Maharashtra government to continue with the investigation into the criminal cases registered against Singh, but not to file charge sheets in those cases.

The Apex Court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to present its side, indicating that a Central agency should conduct a probe.

Singh had prayed to the Court to shift the investigation into criminal cases registered against him to CBI.

On the basis of the petition, during the last hearing, the bench had issued notices to the Maharashtra and the Central government, asking them to present their side.

The Maharashtra government opposed Singh's plea, citing various allegations and legal aspects.

The former police commissioner had accused the then Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of illegally demanding Rs 100 crore per month from him.

Several criminal cases, including illegal recovery of lakhs of rupees from a hotelier, have been registered against Singh in various police stations of Mumbai, while he was the Police Commissioner of Mumbai.

Apart from Singh, there are several other accused in the case, including a senior Mumbai Police officer.