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Cop killing: Plea in HC seeks FIR against Thane’s top cop


Mumbai : In what can spell trouble for Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, a writ petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against him.

The petition filed by a Dombivli-based businessman – Kishor Sohoni – has alleged that Singh had ‘conspired’ to kill Vakola police station’s senior police inspector Vilas Joshi in 2015.

Reportedly, Joshi was shot dead in the police station by police inspector Dilip Shirke. The incident was then considered as a result of the rift between the two officers over duty hours.

However, Sohoni has claimed that the incident was planned by Thane’s top cop along with his junior and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vilas Mane.

In the petition filed through his advocate Sadhna Kumar, Sohoni has stated, “Singh and Mane had conspired in this murder to save their face and to favour their friend India Bulls Director Ashok Kacker in a recovery case of Rs 100 crore belonging to a group of Indian Revenue Service officers. It is pertinent to note that Singh’s wife is associated with India Bulls.”

 According to Sohoni, the director of India Bulls had allegedly duped a retired Income Tax (IT) officer of Rs 50 crore and that later the IT officer planned to kidnap India Bulls’ director. It is claimed that Joshi (who was posted at Vakola police station) had picked up the boys who were allegedly planning to abduct Kacker, but the latter refused to lodge any complaint against them. It is argued that despite Kacker’s move, these boys were illegally detained by the Thane police after taking their custody from Joshi. It is claimed that all this was done at the behest of Singh.

Sohoni has claimed that Joshi knew about the wrongdoings of the top cop and was accordingly killed.

“The petitioner (Sohoni) decided to find out the truth on his level and was shocked to know that Singh and his associates were the key conspirators behind the murder of a police officer,” the petition reads.

The matter has been kept for hearing on March 27.