Police officer Param Bir Singh is untraceable: Maharashtra govt told Mumbai HC
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner was in news for the wrong reasons. His action of tampering with evidence in the Antilia bomb scare case has raised many questions. After NIA taken over the probe the officer in question has absconded.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has informed to Mumbai High Court that former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh cannot be traceable.
Senior Advocate Darius Khambata, representing the state government submitted that the state government is not able to stand on its earlier statement given in May that it would not possible to take action against Param Bir Singh on a complaint against him in Thane Police Station under SC/ST ( Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The state government has received information that he is not traceable. Thus the state cannot give any assurance on the matter of its earlier assurance of not being able to take action against an errant police officer, the Advocate submitted to the Bench.
A division bench headed by Justice Nitin Jamdar and Justice Saran Kotwal was told by senior counsel Darius Khambata that, the state cannot give any assurance of its earlier assurance of not taking action against the errant police officer in the case filed against him in Thane police station. Mr. Singh filed a petition seeking quashing of FIR against him filed in Thane police station.
The state cannot give any assurance on this matter, including the arrest of Mr.Singh. Since the said police officer is not traceable
However, senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani for Singh argued that as the state government had not declared his client as absconding, it should continue the statement till further hearing. Jethmalani submitted that Singh had responded twice to the summons issued to him in the atrocity cases.
Besides sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, various other sections were added in the FIR lodged on a complaint of police inspector Bhimrao Ghadge. Ghadge has alleged that when he refused to comply with Singh’s order of dropping the names of a few persons from an FIR in 2015, Singh had got FIRs against him and had also hurled casteist remarks against him for non-compliance.