Mumbai: Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh failed to appear before the Mumbai Crime Branch office on Tuesday, after a summons was issued to him on Saturday in an extortion case. He was to appear before the police and get his statement recorded. A crime branch officer on condition of anonymity said another summons will be issued soon.
On Saturday, a crime branch team had pasted a notice at the Malabar Hill residence of Singh, informing him to appear on October 12, in connection with a case registered with the Goregaon police station in August.
According to the police, the complaint was registered by Bimal Agarwal, a developer and private contractor. Agarwal has alleged that dismissed police officer Sachin Vaze, in connivance with Singh and others, had extorted cash and two high-end mobile phones worth Rs 11.92 lakh from him between February 2020 and March 2021 so that his resto-bars in western suburbs could function smoothly.
Based on Agarwal’s complaint, the Goregaon police had registered an offence of extortion under sections of the Indian Penal Code against Singh, Vaze and four others.
Total five FIRs have been registered in which Singh is also named as an accused person. Of these five cases, three have been transferred to the state CID for further probe. Singh is also facing two open enquiries from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). One enquiry is based on the complaint filed by inspector Bhimrao Ghadge, in which he had accused Singh of corruption and taking money for postings of senior inspectors.
The ACB is conducting a separate inquiry against Singh on the complaint of police inspector Anup Dange who had alleged that Singh had demanded money for reinstating him through a relative when he was under suspension.