Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s troubles are mounting.
Goregaon police have now registered another case against them for illegal recovery. This is the fourth case of illegal recovery against them in the last month.
Apart from Singh, the police have also named sacked police officers Sachin Waje, Sumit Singh alias Chintu, Alpesh Patel, Vinay Singh, and Riaz Bhati as accused in the illegal recovery case.
Singh had accused Home Minister Deshmukh after he was removed as Commissioner
After being removed as Mumbai Police Commissioner, Singh sent a letter to the chief minister in March alleging that Anil Deshmukh had given a target of recovering Rs 100 crore per month to encounter specialist Sachin Waje, who was arrested in connection with the discovery of an explosive-laden car outside Mukesh Ambani’s house.
He had also said that Deshmukh used to call the policemen home and ask them to take the investigation of the cases in a special direction.
Deshmukh had to resign
The matter had reached the Bombay High Court following Singh’s allegations. The high court had on April 5 ordered a preliminary inquiry into the case on CBI. Deshmukh had resigned as home minister in this regard.
The CBI had then registered a corruption case against Deshmukh on April 24.
Similarly, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also initiated action. Last month, ED attached Deshmukh’s assets worth Rs 4.20 crore.
Singh caught in illegal recovery cases after accusing Deshmukh
Singh himself continued to get caught up in several recovery cases after accusing Deshmukh. When the operation started, he went to Chandigarh and took leave citing ill health. He did not appear for questioning even after several notices.
He was fined Rs 25,000 for not appearing even on the summons of a one-member investigating team and the Bombay High Court. He has now been asked to appear on 25th August.
Businessman accuses Singh of illegal recovery of Rs 11.92 lakh
According to Goregaon police, businessman Vimal Agarwal has alleged that Singh had recovered Rs 9 lakh from him twice between January 2020 and March 2021 for not raiding more restaurants.
Similarly, he had also taken two smartphones worth Rs 2.92 lakh from him.
He said the sacked police officer Sajin Waje was also targeted by Singh to make the illegal recovery of Rs 2 crore per day.
Policemen share 25% of illegal recovery
Trader Agarwal alleged in the complaint that Singh wanted a collection of Rs 2 crore per day. The recovery was reduced due to corona, so Waje was employed. There was a plan to distribute 75 percent of the recovery amount in one number and 25 percent among themselves.
He said recovery was also being made from the contractors of the municipality to compensate for the losses incurred during the Corona period.
Goregaon police registered a case under these sections
Goregaon police said that based on the complaint of businessman Agarwal, a case has been registered against all other policemen including Singh under Sections 384, 385, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It will be questioned soon.