Refusing to entertain former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s petition seeking an "unbiased, uninfluenced, impartial and fair" probe by Central Bureau of Investigation into his allegations of corruption against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked him to move the Bombay High Court.
A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul wondered why Singh didn’t approach the Bombay High Court and why Deshmukh was not made a party to the case.
“This is a matter of serious public interest for the whole nation. A police officer is transferred citing administrative grounds but the Home Minister himself said on TV that it’s not an administrative transfer… The entire State is rocked. Police reforms have not taken place,” senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi submitted on behalf of Singh.
“The point is simple. He (Singh) is making some allegations and the Minister is also making some allegations. I don't see a point why you should not move the high court,” Justice Kaul said, adding HCs have wider powers under Article 226 of the constitution.
Ex-Mumbai top cop's petition was filed a few days after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging that Deshmukh was interfering with the police work and also claimed that the Home Minister had met with his subordinates in February and asked them to collect Rs 100 crore per month.