Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh who was unceremoniously transferred has taken over as Director General of Home Guards. Singh kept himself away from the media glare when he assumed the charge as DG Home Guards on Monday. Singh has been succeeded by Hemant Nagrale as Mumbai Police Commissioner.
Singh was the Police Commissioner for little less than a year but has been praised for his work. Singh took over as commissioner of police in a very difficult period. He had encouraged his police force to fight against Covid and visited Dharavi ( hotspot for Covid) on his own. He kept encouraging his officers to investigate the most high-profile Sushant Singh Rajput and Kangana Ranaut cases. The TRP scam was unearthed under him only.
Known to be in the limelight for his connections with powerful and political leaders from the beginning of his career, Singh had joined the police force in 1988. Former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s son, Rohan, is married to BJP leader Sagar Meghe’s daughter. Singh’s supporters and detractors have gossiped over this fact in the last couple of years. His transfer from the office of Mumbai Police Commissioner too is being linked to political developments.Singh was responsible to an extent for the elimination of underworld from Bollywood.
Singh’s transfer came amidst the probe into the Mukesh Ambani Antilia bomb scare case, in which Mumbai Police API Sachin Waze has been arrested. He was appointed as Director-General Home Guards, which is considered a punishment posting in the Mumbai Police circle.
Maharashtra government has appointed India Police Service officer Hemant Kumar Nagrale as the Mumbai Police Commissioner. Nagrale has assumed the charge. Singh approached the Supreme Court Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has filed a petition in Bombay High Court challenging his transfer and seeking CBI probe into the alleged corrupt malpractices of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. In his petition the former Mumbai top cop repeated the graft allegations he had made against Deshmukh in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and also accused the Maharashtra Home Minister of interfering in police investigations. He had moved to Bombay High Court after the Supreme Court refused to entertain his plea regarding the same.
Singh wrote a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray in which he refuted the Deshmukh’s claims that that his transfer was due to ‘serious lapses in the investigation’, the ‘serious lapses are not pardonable’, and that his transfer was ‘not on administrative grounds’. His letter has caused led to political war of words between the ruling alliance and the BJP. Singh also alleged that Vaze had been summoned by Deshmukh to his residence many times in the past few months and reportedly set a target of accumulating Rs 100 crores a month’ from 1,750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai – collecting Rs 2-3 lakhs from each. He added that the Home Minister had said that a monthly collection of Rs 40-50 crores were achievable from such establishments and the rest could be ‘collected from other sources’.
Meanwhile, Anil Deshmukh on Sunday that the allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh will be probed by a retired High Court judge.