Mumbai court declares IPS agent Param Bir Singh ‘declared offender’ in extortion case

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh was declared a “declared offender” by the Esplanade Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Singh, an officer in the 1988 Band of the Indian Police Service, was the last Commanding General of the Home Guards.

Singh is believed to be in Europe or Russia and chances are he could face a Red Corner Notice soon.

In an extortion-related case originally recorded in Goregaon, Metropolitan Additional Chief Magistrate Sudhir Bhajipale agreed to the Mumbai Police’s request declaring him a proclaimed offender.

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“The court has granted the request for proclamation from the Criminal Section of the Mumbai Police,” said Special Prosecutor Shekhar Jagtap.

Singh faces three non-releasable warrants in registered extortion cases at two police stations – Goregaon and Marine Drive in Mumbai and one in the nearby city of Thane.

It can be mentioned that Singh had sent a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray saying that then Home Minister and top NCP leader Anil Deshmukh had set a fundraising target of Rs 100 crore per month so far fired and arrested Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze.

A junior officer, Vaze led the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Mumbai Crime Branch and reported directly to Singh breaking the chain of command and protocols.

Vaze is now behind bars for planting a Scorpion loaded with gelatin sticks and a threatening note near Antilia, the residence of Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and the murder of SUV owner Mansukh Hiren.

After Singh was kicked out of the Mumbai CP chair, he was sent to the lesser Home Guards, where he joined the day.

But now he has been missing for more than five months.

State-CID asked the Department of the Interior to issue a Red Corner Notice against him.

The proclamation order would now be pasted on his known properties in Mumbai and Chandigarh asking him to report in 30 days, and, if he failed, he would be officially declared a “flee”.

The process would be carried out under articles 81, 82, 83 of the Code of Criminal Procedure – and the action may include the seizure of his property.

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