An FIR has expectedly been registered against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, DCP Parag Manere and 31 other police personnel, based on a complaint lodged by inspector Bhimrao Ghadge two days ago ― a move expected since the day the senior officer had dared to expose the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena, NCP and INC. A total of 27 Sections of IPC and CrPC have been applied against the accused.
In his complaint addressed to the Maharashtra government and the DGP, Ghadge had made a series of allegations related to corruption against Singh and other officers, in the period when the former was posted with the Thane police. Following the inquiry, the Anti-Corruption Bureau was asked to investigate the allegations by the DGP.
The city kotwali police in Akola registered the FIR against the 33 policemen under various sections ranging from criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989. A total of 27 sections have been applied in the FIR, a copy of which is in the possession of media.
In a series of allegations via an FIR, Ghadge, who was posted in Thane Commissionerate between 2015 and 2018, alleged that during his tenure, several officers in Thane Police Commissionerate under Singh had indulged in various acts of corruption. He alleged that Singh had asked him to not charge-sheet certain individuals against whom many an FIR had been registered.
He further alleged that since he refused to obey the instructions, a total of five FIRs were registered against him and he was suspended. Currently, Ghadge is posted with the police control room in Akola, where the FIR has been registered. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.
On 10 April, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government had ordered an inquiry against the alleged misconduct of Param Bir Singh. At the center of various controversies, Param Bir currently holds the position of Maharashtra DG, Home Guards. The focus of the previous inquiry was to find out how officers like API Sachin Vaze who had been arrested in connection with the Antilia bomb scare case, went rogue while working under the then Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh.