Former Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Param Bir Singh appears to be on a mission to drag down the Maha Vikas Aghadi government along with him. After his explosive letter where he alleged that Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was involved in a massive Rs 100 crore extortion racket, Singh has now knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court as he seeks a CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh.
It seems that there is no end to Deshmukh’s rising troubles as his once loyal confidante, Param Bir Singh threatens to finish off his political career. Singh has now moved the Supreme Court for a comprehensive CBI probe into Deshmukh’s numerous acts of alleged corruption and criminality.
The wordings of Singh’s writ petition are particularly damning for the Maharashtra Home Minister. “The petitioner submits that unbiased, uninfluenced, impartial and fair investigation is immediately required in the corrupt malpractices of Deshmukh before the evidence is destroyed,” stated Singh’s writ petition in the Supreme Court.
Singh’s plea also alleged that Anil Deshmukh interfered “in various investigations and instructing police officers to conduct the same in a particular manner as desired by him.” Singh adds that this “cannot be countenanced or justified in any democratic State.” Importantly, his plea states that the former Mumbai Commissioner of Police brought “the corrupt practices” to the notice of “senior leaders” and even CM Uddhav Thackeray.
The plea also sought a stay on Singh’s transfer to the home guard department as the IPS officer requested the SC to “direct the CBI to immediately take into its custody the CCTV footage from the residence of Deshmukh.”
Singh in his explosive letter had said, “At one of the briefing sessions in the wake of the Antilia incident held in mid-March 2021 when I was called late evening at Varsha to brief you (referring to Uddhav Thackeray), I had pointed out several misdeeds and malpractices being indulged into by the Honourable Home Minister. I have similarly briefed the Honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Maharashtra, the President of the Nationalist Congress Party, Shri Sharad Pawar and other senior Ministers also about the misdeeds and malpractices. On my briefings, I noticed that some of the Ministers were already aware about some aspects mentioned by me to them.”
This has reignited the fears that the dreaded ‘hafta vasooli’ culture has made a grand comeback in Maharashtra, and is flourishing under the rule of the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena combine and even further puts the MVA government in doubt.