Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s explosive allegations of corruption and interference in police work against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh will be investigated by a one-member judicial committee, the Shiv Sena-led alliance government – which has been under relentless opposition attack over the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare episode – announced on Tuesday.
Retired judge Kailash Uttamchand Chandiwal will probe the matter, the government announced today, adding he will submit a probe report within 6 months.
Earlier this month, Mr Singh, who had been transferred to low-key Home Guard for alleged “lapses” in the probe in the Ambani security scare case, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleging Mr Deshmukh used to extort money from restaurants, pubs, bars and hookah parlours in the city with help from some police officials.
Mr Singh claimed that the minister had set a target of Rs 100 crore per month for the officers – which included Sachin Vaze, who has been arrested for allegedly planting an SUV full of explosives outside Mr Ambani’s Mumbai residence.
Mr Singh alleged that the Home Minister had on several occasions instructed police officers on how to handle cases and file charges, often summoning them to his home to “bypass” him and other seniors.
Mr Deshmukh had denied the charges and said that the allegations were part of a conspiracy to malign the state government.