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Supreme Court Transfers Investigation Of Cases Against Param Bir Singh To CBI

Lawstreet Journal 25 Mar 2022 11:41pm

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The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred investigations into all criminal cases lodged by Maharashtra police against former police commissioner Param Bir Singh to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), holding that an impartial probe is necessary to regain public confidence in the system.

Turning down the Maharashtra government’s plea to let the state police continue its investigation, a bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh directed that the state shall hand over all documents related to five first information reports (FIRs) against Singh to CBI within a week, and all future FIRs against Singh relatable to his tenure as Mumbai police commissioner shall also be transferred to CBI.

The court took note that CBI is already conducting an investigation into Singh’s complaint accusing former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh of running an alleged extortion racket using the police and that the agency should now examine if the FIRs against Singh are linked with the “battle royale” between the IPS officer and the NCP leader.

“Exigencies and advancement of principles of justice and fair play and impartial inquiry require the investigation to be transferred to the CBI...We are not saying that the appellant (Singh) is a whistleblower... What is the truth, who is at fault, how does such a scenario come to prevail…is something the investigation must go into,” stated the court in its order.

The court noted that a “murky churning” of disputes between Deshmukh and Singh turned into a “battle royale, giving rise to unfortunate proceedings”… Continue Reading...


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