The Mumbai Police on Thursday filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the former police commissioner of the city Param Bir Singh over the charge of extorting money from a builder. The police have booked Singh over charges of extortion, forgery, cheating, and criminal conspiracy. A complaint has also been registered against eight other people including six policemen from the Mumbai Police and two civilians, according to a report by news agency ANI.
The action was taken after a builder complained to the police that Param Bir Singh tried to extort Rs 15 crore for dropping cases against him. Accordingly, a case was registered at Mumbai’s Marine Drive police station. The six police officers in the list of accused include a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). Two civilians have been arrested in the case, as reported by ANI.
Mumbai’s former top cop Param Bir Singh has remained at the center of controversy ever since he accused Maharashtra’s home minister Anil Deshmukh of running an extortion racket through police officer Sachin Vaze. Following the allegations, Deshmukh resigned from his post while a CBI investigation was ordered in the case by the court.
Earlier, a case had also been lodged against Param Bir Singh under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act following a complaint registered by a police officer. Singh was removed from his post of Mumbai Police Commissioner earlier this year in the aftermath of cop Sachin Vaze’s arrest in the Antillia explosives case.