Param Bir Singh was forced to withdraw complaint against Anil Deshmukh, claims his lawyer

New Delhi: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s lawyer has claimed that his client was forced to withdraw the corruption complaint against NCP leader and former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Advocate Puneet Bali, representing Singh in the Supreme Court, alleged that his client was under pressure to withdraw his complaint against Deshmukh. Bali also said that the former police commissioner had also appealed to the Bombay High Court regarding the harassment after writing a letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Bali said, “Former Mumbai CP Parambir Singh has appealed to the court that he was being tortured since he was written to the CBI. Sanjay Pandey told him that if he withdraws the complaint against the then Home Minister, he would Things will be settled for them.”

He said, “He was told that if he did not do so, he would face cases. So after hearing our detailed arguments, the Supreme Court has given notice to the CBI and Maharashtra and granted him interim protection from arrest. “

The apex court had on Monday granted interim protection from arrest to Singh and directed him to join the probe. A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul asked Singh to join the probe and issued notices to the Maharashtra government and the CBI on Singh’s plea.

The top court has now fixed December 6 for hearing the matter.

Six cases of corruption and extortion were registered against Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging corruption and misconduct against then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.

Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner on March 17 and made general commander of the Maharashtra State Home Guard after allegations were leveled against Deshmukh.

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