As Maharashtra orders dept probe, ex-CP to seek legal recourse | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: If the Uddhav Thackeray-led government decides to initiate a departmental probe against former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, he is preparing for a long-drawn legal battle with the government.

“I have a fundamental right to approach the high court. I do not know the plan of the government. I am consulting my lawyers. If the government initiates a departmental probe, I will act as per the advice of my lawyers,’’ Singh told TOI on Saturday.
Days after an unceremonious exit as Mumbai police commissioner, Singh wrote a strongly-worded letter to the chief minister, saying, home minister Anil Deshmukh has asked assistant police inspector Sachin Waze to mobilize Rs 100 crore per month from hotels, restaurants and bars in Mumbai. Then he filed a writ petition before the high court, which asked Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the allegations and submit a report within 15 days. The state government approached the Supreme Court, but there was no relief.
Meanwhile, before relinquishing the charge, Deshmukh on April 1 approved a proposal for conducting a preliminary probe against Singh for breach of all-India service rules. The task of conducting the preliminary probe was entrusted to director-general of police (DGP) Sanjay Pandey, who has been told to submit the report as early as possible. Deputy secretary (home) Kailash Gaikwad wrote a two-page letter to Pandey on the terms of reference.
Pandey will have to examine if there was dereliction of duty by Singh while controlling and supervising his subordinates. It was stated in Gaikwad’s letter that after Waze was reinstated, he was given charge of crime intelligence unit, despite opposition of then joint commissioner (crime), and Waze was reporting directly to the police commissioner. Initially, Waze was the investigating officer in the bomb-planting case but was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA), leading one to conclude that officials from the police chief’s office were involved in the conspiracy.

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