Supreme Court Dismisses Plea By Ex-Top Cop Parambir Singh, Seeking Probe Into Alleged False Inquiries By The Maharashtra Government
Supreme Court dismissed plea by ex-top cop, Parambir Singh, seeking probe into alleged conspiracy aimed at framing him falsely in internal complaints and transfer of all inquiries to another state.
A Division Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice V. Ramasubramanian, while dismissing the plea, granted liberty to the petitioner to approach the appropriate forum.
“You were a part of the Maharashtra Cadre. You served the State for 30 years. Now you don't have confidence in your own State? It is shocking”, the bench said.
On contents of letter to the Hon’ble CM alleging rampant corruption within the State Machinery, Court added, “You were the Police Commissioner. What steps did you take to stop it?”
Submissions for the petitioner were made by Senior Advocate(s) Mahesh Jethmalani and Puneet Bali.
It was contended that the petitioner was continuously pressurised to withdraw his letter, failing which, false criminal cases would be initiated against him.
Reliance was placed on the conversation with Mr. Sanjay Pandey, the enquiry officer and also the current DGP, Mumbai.
“There are other complaints which are being filed by notorious people against me, only to falsely implicate me;
I have come out honest against the government but there are other officers who may be victimized and that's what Mr. Sanjay Pandey says”, submitted Mr. Jethmalani.
On the prayer of seeking order against future registration of FIRs, Court remarked,
“You have had an experience of dealing in criminal law. Can there be a blanket order of restraining registration of FIR?”
“Mr. Jethmalani it is commonly said, People who live in Glass houses should not throw stones on others”, the bench said in a lighter vain.
On the prayer of transferring the investigation,
“Can any other State investigate against you? There should be some logic at least”, Court said to Senior Advocate Puneet Bali.
Param Bir Singh approached the Top Court alleging that departmental enquiries were instituted against him as part of conspiracy, only to frame him for levelling charges of corruption against Anil Deshmukh, the then Home Minister who later resigned. Singh while calling the action against him, a “witch hunt”, submitted that he was facing threats of multiple enquiries and probe unless he withdrew his complaint against Anil Deshmukh.