In a huge setback to former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain his plea seeking protection from arrest saying that the cop had to first disclose his whereabouts. Singh, who is believed to have fled India, is facing investigation in the bomb scare case outside the house of Mukesh Ambani.
A Bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundresh bluntly told Singh’s lawyer, “No protection, no hearing till we have an answer to the question – where are you.”
The court, according to the Bar and Bench website, added, “Your petition has been filed by your power of attorney holder. Where are you? Are you in the country or outside. We could be wrong but if you are somewhere abroad and waiting for Supreme Court orders, how can we give it.”
A report by NDTV said that the top court expressed its dissatisfaction over the lack of confidence shown by Singh in the system.
“Look at the lack of confidence in the system. He was the police commissioner, but we are not going to treat him any differently. He is seeking protection. Are you saying that he will come to India only if the courts protect him?” the Supreme Court added.
A Mumbai court on Wednesday allowed the Mumbai Police to declare Singh a proclaimed absconder since he’s been hiding for several weeks. The Bombay High Court in September had rejected Singh’s plea that challenged two preliminary inquiries initiated against him by the Maharashtra government.
The Supreme Court will now hear the matter on 22 November.
Singh is rumoured to have fled to Russia after being investigated in the bomb scare case outside Mukesh Ambani’s house. He 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.