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Maharashtra govt. says it will not arrest Param Bir Singh till June 22

Param Bir Singh   | Photo Credit: VIVEK BENDRE

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Monday that it would not arrest former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh till June 22 in the case registered against him under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Senior counsel Darius Khambata, appearing for Maharashtra government, told a Division Bench of P.B. Varale and S.P. Tavade that Mr. Singh’s protection from arrest would be extended till June 22.

On May 24, Mr. Khambata told another Division Bench that no coercive action would be taken against Mr. Singh.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Mr. Singh seeking to quash an FIR filed against him at Bazzar Peth Police Station, Kalyan, and it is also registered at Akola. The plea states, “The FIR refers to an event of 2015 and is belatedly registered after having failed to pressure him to withdraw his complaint against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.”

On March 20, Mr. Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging that Mr. Deshmukh directed suspended police officer Sachin Vaze to collect ₹100 crores from bars and restaurants over a month.

The FIR was registered on April 24, 2021, by inspector Bhimraj Ghadge against Mr. Singh under several Sections of the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the Civil Rights Protection Act, the Indian Penal Code along with the Maharashtra Police Act at Akola.

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