Param Bir arrives in Mumbai to join probe
Hindustan Times|November 26, 2021
Three days after he was granted protection from arrest by the Supreme Court, and one day after he resurfaced in Chandigarh, former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh arrived in the Maharashtra capital.
Vijay Kumar Yadav

Singh, 56, now the commandant general, Maharashtra home guards, landed in the city airport at 10.30am and headed for the office of Mumbai Unit ll of the Mumbai Police crime branch, where he was interrogated till 6.10pm in connection with an extortion case registered against him.

For months before he resurfaced, Singh was incommunicado, fuelling rumours that he had fled the country.

His interrogation was supervised by Nilotpal Mishra, a deputy commissioner of police, crime branch.

Singh was removed as Mumbai Police chief on March 17, by a state government under fire for its handling of the Antilla bomb scare case, where gelatin sticks were found in a SUV near the residence of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, along with a threatening note addressing the businessman. The National Investigation Agency has said that Vaze, a politically connected policeman, was behind that the motive, according to the agency, was to regain his stature, dented by a lengthy suspension from the force) as well as the murder of the car's owner.

Three days later, on March 20, the senior Indian Police Service officer sent an explosive letter to the chief minister and also released it to the media, alleging that the then home minister Anil Deshmukh instructed certain Mumbai police officials, including Vaze, to collect an amount of 100 crore every month from bar owners in Mumbai.

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