FORMER Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh filed a petition in the Bombay High Court on Thursday, challenging two preliminary enquiries initiated against him by the Maharashtra Government. In his petition, Singh claimed he was being targeted and harassed for highlighting the alleged “corrupt malpractices” of former State Home Minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh. Singh in his plea also claimed that during his meeting with State Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Pandey on April 19, the latter “advised him” to withdraw his letter against Deshmukh which he had sent to the State Government. Singh’s petition was mentioned before a division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale which directed the State Government to respond to the allegations levelled by him in his plea, and posted the matter for further hearing on May 4.
Singh’s counsel Mukul Rohatgi said the petition has challenged the two orders passed by the Maharashtra Government on April 1 and April 20 directing DGP Sanjay Pandey to conduct preliminary enquiries against him. “The first order (April 1) was passed by the erstwhile home minister Anil Deshmukh for alleged violation of some All India Services (Conduct Rules) and the second order of April 20 was passed by the present Home Minister (Dilip Walse Patil) over allegations of corruption levelled against Singh,” Rohatgi said. He said on April 19, Singh had a meeting with Pandey during which the DGP allegedly advised Singh to withdraw his letter sent to the Maharashtra Govt in March, in which he had levelled alleged corruption by Deshmukh.