The Maharashtra government has suspended former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh for his alleged involvement in the discovery of explosives outside the residence of Mukesh Ambani.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reportedly cleared the file recommending Singh’s suspension. Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjay Pandey had reportedly recommended Singh’s suspension. Another DCP rank cop too has been suspended.
Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil had cleared the file recommending Singh’s suspension but was waiting for Thackeray to return from the hospital.
The controversial former top cop of Mumbai is facing a series of FIRs across Maharashtra for his role in a case related to the discovery of an explosive-laden SUV outside Ambani’s house.
Soon after the owner of the SUV, Mansukh Hiren, was found dead, the Mumbai Police arrested senior inspector Pradeep Sharma and assistant police inspector Sachin Waze. Singh had later sensationally claimed that the then Home minister Anil Deshmukh asked to make a collection of Rs 100 crore. Deshmukh had to resign from his post before being arrested by the central government agency on money laundering charges.
Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik had earlier alleged that both Singh and Vaze were behind the planting of the explosive-laden SUV outside Ambani’s house, adding that the plan was to kill a person and declare him a Pakistani terrorist with fake documents.
Singh was earlier rumoured to have fled to Russia after being investigated in the bomb scare case outside Mukesh Ambani’s house. Only after the Supreme Court directed him to disclose his whereabouts, he had surfaced saying that he was hiding in Punjab.
Singh had shot to fame after sensationally naming Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV for its alleged role in the TRP scam in October last year. Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said that his government was searching for the former top cop.