Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has approached the Bombay High Court (HC) to challenge the Maharashtra government’s two orders of April 1 and 20, respectively, to initiate a preliminary probe against him by state police chief Sanjay Pandey. The court sought a response from the state and pushed the hearing to 4 May.
Singh is also seeking the court’s intervention to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe ‘aspects of criminal conspiracy and malicious attempts to thwart’ its preliminary inquiry into allegations against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh, as ordered by the high court on April 5.
The petition reads, "The Law Commission, in its 179th report, proposed that there should be safeguards against victimisation of whistle-blowers by initiating proceedings against them on the ground of making disclosures. It is submitted that the petitioner herein is seeking the same protection against victimisation by Respondent No. 1 (state Home Department), since the enquiries have been initiated against the petitioner with clear malafide.”
Recently, the state home department, by an order on April 20, asked Pandey to conduct a ‘preliminary inquiry’ into a complaint of corruption lodged by assistant police inspector Anup Dange against Param Bir Singh on February 2. Dange's complaint accused Singh of being involved in corruption.