“I will join the investigation as directed by the court,” Param Bir Singh told reporters at Mumbai airport earlier today, after flying in from Chandigarh, where he had surfaced on Wednesday.
On Monday, the Supreme Court granted the former Mumbai police chief protection from arrest in a move that raised eyebrows. He was asked to join investigations into extortion charges against him.
“Param Bir Singh does not want to abscond and does not want to run anywhere” but faces a threat to his life,” his lawyer told the court, informing it that Singh was in India.
“It should not appear to the court I am afraid. I have full faith in the system. I am ready to appear before a CBI court (but) I am being hounded. I am suffering,” Param Bir had pleaded.
To that the court responded: “If the former police commissioner of Mumbai says he faces a threat from Mumbai Police, then what kind of message does it send?” However, the court eventually ruled that the officer shall join the investigation, but will not be arrested.
Previously, the same court refused to grant Param Bir any such protection, asking him to first reveal himself. “Where are you? Are you in this country or outside? In some state? Where are you? No protection until we know where you are,” the court had said.
The former Mumbai police chief, who has been declared a “proclaimed offender” by a Mumbai court, has not reported to work since May. He first surfaced on Wednesday ‘virtually’ claiming he was in Chandigarh and would visit Mumbai soon.
The IPS officer who is facing several extortion charges in Maharashtra told news channels that he was in Chandigarh. He also appeared on Telegram on Wednesday evening, but later deleted his account from the social messaging app.
He was transferred from the post of Mumbai police commissioner and he levelled allegations of corruption against then Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh. He was transferred after Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze was arrested in the case of an SUV with explosives found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani‘s house ‘Antilia’ and the subsequent suspicious death of businessman Mansukh Hiran.
Meanwhile, Anil Deshmukh has been arrested and is now in Enforcement Directorate custody.