The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra government to “completely stay its hand” in the investigation against former police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
A bench of Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundresh expressed their concern over the “messy state of affairs” pointing towards the ongoing battle legal tussle between Parambir Singh and the state government. The bench said that “it is a very very unfortunate situation”.
The former commissioner of Mumbai Police, Singh had accused former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of corruption and money laundering, who is currently under arrest for money laundering.
The court has listed the case for hearing the arguments on the transfer of investigations of cases, including extortion and corruption against Mr Singh on March 9 and until then it has directed the Maharashtra government to not take any kind of action against Singh.
The court has given assurance to put the matter on hold while the Supreme Court is considering the matter.
“We have now put down the matter for final hearing, investigation being completed can pose problems. Mr. Darius Khambata, senior advocate, has assured to put their hands on hold. We take assurance on record.”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, said that it would be in the best interest of everyone that the cases herein be investigated by the central agency. He added that the state police continuing with the investigation, especially the recording of statements, when the question of transfer of the case to the CBI was pending in court would leave matters in an awkward position.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had allowed Mumbai Police to investigate the matter against Singh but restrained it from filing charge sheets on the FIRs against him over the allegations of misconduct and corruption.
The top court was told by the state police that Singh should not be considered a “whistleblower” under the law as he accused former home minister Anil Deshmukh when he was transferred. Singh was given a major relief by the Supreme Court on November 22 when the top court directed the Maharashtra police to not arrest Singh in criminal cases lodged against him.
The court observed that it was a “disturbing scenario” that Parambir Singh, who once led the Mumbai Police force has no faith in the police force and on the other hand Maharashtra government has no faith in the CBI.