MUMBAI: In the ongoing saga of mudslinging among senior police officers, a letter by suspended police inspector Anup Dange to additional chief secretary, home, seeking an inquiry into former police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s links with “dubious characters and others who have underworld links” has come to the fore.
Dange alleged that a person claiming to be Singh’s relative demanded Rs 2 crore to reinstate him.
Singh rubbished the allegations, but declined to elaborate saying the matter is pending in HC. Dange, in his eight-page letter dated February 2, also requested that the departmental probe against him be assigned to a senior IAS officer. “I have sent the letter to the CM and home minister too, but I have not got a reply so far,” Dange told TOI.
Dange was suspended for allegedly naming a person in an FIR without sufficient grounds. In November 2019, Dange said he went to check pubs operating in Akruti building at Breach Candy when a pub owner tried to pressurise him to operate beyond the stipulated deadline, claiming he had connections with Param Bir Singh who was then DG state ACB. Later, a scuffle broke out outside the pub and the grandson of film producer Bharat Shah was arrested for allegedly assaulting a cop. The pub-bar owner was also named in the FIR.
Dange was suspended on July 18, 2020. He alleged a person claiming to be a cousin of Singh got in touch with him. He later agreed to bring down the amount to Rs 1 crore on behalf of Singh. “I neither had the will nor the capacity to pay such a huge amount,” he has stated. “I don’t have any relatives by that name and I have no connection with him.” Singh told TOI.