The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear the plea of former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh seeking CBI investigation in the alleged “corrupt malpractices” of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
“Liberty to approach the High Court granted,” the Supreme Court said in its order. Singh withdrew his plea from the apex court and said that he will approach the Bombay High Court.
Singh on Monday filed a petition before the Supreme Court claiming that Deshmukh “pressurised” him to probe the role of certain BJP leaders and to “somehow implicate” them in the case of the death of MP Mohan Delkar and he “did not succumb” to the pressure. In his plea, he also repeated the graft allegations he had made against Deshmukh in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and also accused the Maharashtra Home Minister of interfering in police investigations.
In his letter, Singh said that he has been “made a scapegoat to divert attention from the actual wrongdoers”. Deshmukh has rejected these allegations and threatened to file a defamation suit against Param Bir Singh.
The allegations were made a day after Deshmukh had said that Param Bir Singh was moved out as Mumbai Police Commissioner so that cases pertaining to Sachin Waze were probed without obstruction. Waze, Assistant Police Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), who was transferred to the Citizen Facilitation Centre at Mumbai Police Headquarters after his name came up in Mansukh Hiren death case, has been sent to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody till March 25, in connection with his alleged role and involvement in placing an explosives-laden vehicle.
Mansukh Hiran, the owner of the vehicle that was found containing explosives outside the house of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, was found dead in a creek on March 5 in Thane.
(With ANI Inputs)