Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh

The Maharashtra government has given permission to the state Anti-Corruption Bureau to conduct an open inquiry into allegations against former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh by another Police officer, reported news agency ANI.

The probe is based on a letter written to the state government by Inspector Anup Dange, who alleged that he was approached by a man claiming to be Singh's relative and demanded a bribe of Rs 2 crore to reinstate him into the police force.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which was conducting two discreet inquiries against Param Bir Singh based on complaints by inspector Dange and by another inspector, had sought permission from the home department to proceed with an open inquiry.

Police Inspector Anup Dange, who was attached to Gamdevi police station before he was suspended in July 2020, had written a letter raising allegations against Singh to Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary, Home, on February 2 this year.

Inspector Anup Dange alleged that former city police commissioner Param Bir Singh had tried to shield some people having Underworld links from the law when he was DG of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

In his letter to the state government, Dange had said that in November 2019, when he went to shut down a pub in south Mumbai, the owner claimed to know Singh well. Dange, however, went on to file a complaint after a scuffle broke out outside the pub while the police were taking action against the pub.

Dange alleged that after Singh became Mumbai Police commissioner, he suspended him in July 2020. He claimed that a person claiming to be Singh's relative approached him and demanded a bribe of Rs 2 crore to reinstate him into the police force.

(With inputs from PTI)

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