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SC transfers to CBI probe against ex-police commissioner Param Bir Singh

SC refuses to revoke suspension of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, says future FIRs too will be transferred to CBI

Former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh. (File | PTI)

FILE PIC: Param Bir Singh. (File | PTI)

Press Trust of India New Delhi
The Supreme Court Thursday transferred to CBI the investigation against former police commissioner Param Bir Singh over the allegations of misconduct and corruption.
A very murky affair is going on amid echelons of power on who should investigate the matter, a bench of Justices S K Kaul and M M Sundresh said.
The apex court said a thorough investigation is required to regain faith of people in the state police.
The bench said: "We are unable to accept the contention that an FIR is registered by those who had complaints against the petitioner. We are of the view that state itself should have allowed CBI to carry the investigation.
"We are of the prima facie view that there is some concerted effort which needs the investigation by CBI. What is the truth, who is at fault how does such scenario come to prevail is something which investigation must get into. CBI must hold an impartial inquiry into all these aspects".
The top court said it was not commenting on merits of the allegations as it does not want the investigation to be influenced in any manner.
"We do not want the investigation to be influenced by the observation of this court. The High Court has treated this as a service dispute which it is not and thus we set aside the HC verdict. We allow the appeal and direct the probe into 5 FIRs be transferred to CBI with all records.
"Such transfer to be completed within one week and all officials to extend full cooperation to CBI to try arrive at the truth," the bench said.

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First Published: Mar 24 2022 | 4:28 PM IST

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