On Thursday the High Court of Bombay dismissed the ex-Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s plea which challenged two enquiries that were initiated against him by the government of Maharashtra, which concluded that it was not maintainable.
The ex-commissioner challenged the two enquiries orders that were issued by the State Home Ministry for supposedly violating the service rules and raising allegations of corruption. The IPS officer referred to himself as a whistleblower who had tried to highlight the corruption in the highest public office. Hence, in accordance with this the enquiries made were malafide, in order to target and harass him.
Senior Advocate Khambata put forward that Singh’s arguments were based on maintainability and this contradicted his own petition in which he accepted that these were administrative inquiries. In addition to this, Khambata argued that Singh’s primary and major grievance was with Sanjay Pandey heading these enquiries.
Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani also rigorously defended Singh’s petition without completely restricting himself to the maintainability of the plea. He said that inquiry was an initiative by the State Home Department headed by Anil Deshmukh, at the time.