The Supreme Court has refused to entertain the plea of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh seeking CBI investigation in the alleged corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister of Government of Maharashtra, quoted by ANI.
The apex court also asked the formal police chief to approach the High Court first. While saying its order, the SC said, “Liberty to approach the High Court granted”.
Considering the order, Param Bir Singh has withdrawn his plea from Supreme Court and said that he will approach Bombay High Court.
former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh withdraws the plea from Supreme Court & says he will approach the Bombay High Court
"Liberty to approach the High Court granted," Supreme Court says in it's order.
— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2021
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who was appearing for Param Bir Singh was told by the Supreme Court bench comprising of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Subhash Reddy, “Article 226 has wide powers. If you want investigation by investigating agency, HC can do that. Move HC under Article 226”.
The SC bench said in its order, “No doubt the matter is quite serious. It also appears lot of material in public domain due to personas falling apart. In view of this, petitioner is permitted to withdraw the writ with liberty to approve the HC. They will file a plea today and would like matter to be taken tomorrow. Liberty to approach the High Court granted,” as quoted by LiveLaw.
The plea was related to the allegation raised by former Mumbai Police Commissioner on Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh that he was indulged in malpractices and ordered suspended API Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month from bars and restaurants around the city.