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Param Bir Singh moves Bombay HC, seeks orders to disband Chandiwal Commission | Mumbai news

Param Bir Singh moves Bombay HC, seeks orders to disband Chandiwal Commission | Mumbai news, the vie

Former Mumbai Police commissioner (CP) Param Bir Singh on Wednesday moved the Bombay high court seeking orders to disband the inquiry commission headed by Justice (retired) KU Chandiwal.

Singh, currently posted as the commandant general, Maharashtra Home Guards, has moved the high court through advocate Anukul Seth, challenging the July 30 order by which the one-man commission rejected his objection to the continuation of the inquiry.

Singh contended that the commission was set up to inquire as to whether the letter he addressed to the chief minister on March 20 disclosed any offence or irregularity committed by then home minister Anil Deshmukh or any of his staff members and if Singh’s letter contained any evidence to establish the same.

On March 20 — three days after he was shunted out from the post of Mumbai CP — Singh shot off a letter to the chief minister and others, alleging that Deshmukh would intermittently summon some police officers, especially the then deputy commissioner of police (enforcement) Raju Bhujbal, assistant commissioner of police Sanjay Patil (social service branch) and dismissed assistant inspector Sachin Vaze, to his official residence and told them they must collect 100 crore every month from dance bars, hookah parlours and bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

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Singh alleged that Deshmukh even supplied them with a list of 1,750 bars in Mumbai and said that half the target – about 50 crore – could be easily met, if 3 lakh each was collected from each of the establishments.

Singh maintained that the issues referred to the commission had already been adjudicated twice by the highest court of the state – the Bombay high court -and once by the highest court of the country – the Supreme Court of India.

He said on April 5, the high court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary inquiry into Singh’s allegations against Deshmukh and, three days later, the Supreme Court upheld the high court’s conclusion that Singh’s letter prima facie disclosed a cognisable offence and required a probe by an independent agency. On July 22, the high court dismissed separate petitions filed by Deshmukh and the state government for quashing of the FIR registered by the CBI against Deshmukh on April 21.

In the petition filed through advocate Anukul Seth, Singh contended that in the backdrop of the court orders, nothing remained for the Chandiwal Commission to inquire into.

“The only purpose of the inquiry committee is to aid the State of Maharashtra to decide whether the contents of letter dated 20.03.2021 disclose an offence or not and whether the same are required to be investigated by an investigation agency,” states Singh’s petition. “One a definitive judgment has been delivered by the high court and the Supreme Court on this very issue, very purpose of the inquiry committee does not survive,” the petition adds.

It said the CBI initially conducted a preliminary inquiry, and after the inquiry, the central agency also reached the same conclusion that a cognisable offence was made out, and therefore registered the FIR.

“Once the CBI has registered the FIR, the recommendation by the inquiry committee as to whether investigation by an independent agency is required or not is rendered meaningless,” said the petition. “There is no purpose to be achieved by such a recommendation.”

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