Bombay High Court refuses to stay preliminary probes against Param Bir Singh

Sakshi Chhabra

The Bombay High Court refused to stay preliminary probes against the former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

In his petition, Singh claimed that efforts were being made to thwart the CBI led investigation into his allegations against former Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh.

The petition was placed for urgent hearing before a bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale.

Param Bir Singh’s counsel, senior Advocate Mukul Rohtagi said that the petition challenged two orders passed by the state government on April 1, directing the DGP Sanjay Pandey to probe whether the former top cop had violated provisions of the All-India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968.

The petitioner sought interim protection and a stay on the inquiries till further orders.

However, the bench has refused to stay the other two orders after the public prosecutor Deepak Thakare informed the court that Singh had not been issued any summons or show cause notice.

The hearing took place for over a period of ten days in the High court. The court further directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days and to not register a FIR until then.

The matter is listed for further hearing on 4th May.

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