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'Why did you not file FIR against Anil Deshmukh?' HC asks Param Bir Singh on graft charges

Bombay HC was hearing a criminal PIL filed by the former chief of Mumbai Police on March 25 alleging corrupt practices by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and seeking a CBI inquiry

March 31, 2021 / 05:26 PM IST
Bombay HC  is hearing Param Bir Singh's PIL against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

Bombay HC is hearing Param Bir Singh's PIL against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

The Bombay High Court while hearing a criminal PIL filed by ex-Chief of Mumbai Police, Param Bir Singh, asked him why he did not lodge an FIR against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh if he was aware of alleged wrongdoings by the minister.

Singh filed a criminal PIL on March 25, seeking a CBI inquiry into the alleged corrupt practices of Anil Deshmukh, which the Bombay High Court was hearing on March 31.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni rapped the former IPS Officer for not raising his voice or filing an FIR when he was aware of the alleged corrupt practices in the State administration.

"You (Param Bir Singh) are a police officer. If you find an offence has been committed you are duty, you are duty-bound to file an FIR. Why did you not do it? You are failing in your duty if you don't file an FIR when you know an offence has been committed. Simply writing letters to the CM won't do. We can pull you up for it. If any citizen finds an offence is being committed he is duty-bound to file an FIR," the Bench observed, as reported by Livelaw.