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cbi: PBS doesn’t trust his own force, Maharashtra govt has no faith in CBI… it’s very disturbing: SC | India News

NEW DELHI: It is a “very disturbing” scenario in Maharashtra where former police commissioner Param Bir Singh doesn’t have faith in his own force and the state government has no faith in CBI, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.
A bench of Justices S K Kaul and M M Sundresh made this observation after the counsel for the former police chief submitted that the state police was trying to corner him in departmental cases.
The SC, refusing to extend protection from arrest to Singh, said: “This is the same police which you headed for so much of time. What do we say that head of police force doesn’t have any trust in the police force, state government has no faith in the CBI. It is a very disturbing scenario for us. We can’t resolve it peacefully.
“The state government doesn’t think it appropriate for CBI to look into it and they filed a plea regarding this in Bombay HC which they lost. Now the matter is in the SC. We do not know what will be the view of the concerned bench here. We have given you enough protection, we are not giving any more protection,” the bench said.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, expressed apprehension that the state government may take steps which could make its task difficult in concluding the probe. He told the bench that an affidavit has been filed by CBI and it is ready to take over the probe in one of the criminal cases lodged by Maharashtra police against Singh.
Senior advocate Puneet Bali, appearing for Singh, contended that the former Mumbai police commissioner is being targeted and the state government is trying to scuttle the probe in the CBI matter.
The top court, however, remarked, “Nobody is holier-than-thou. When things go fine everybody gets along, when things don’t, everybody is getting at each other”.
Senior advocate Darius Kambatta, appearing for Maharashtra, informed the bench that the state government has filed an appeal against the Bombay HC order dismissing its plea to hand over the investigation into the ‘cash-for-transfer’ allegations against Deshmukh from the CBI to a special investigation team. The SC has now posted the matter for hearing on February 22.
The apex court had earlier allowed Mumbai Police to carry on the probe against Singh but restrained it from filing chargesheets against him. The police had told the SC that Singh can’t be considered a “whistleblower” as he chose to speak out against alleged corruption involving former home minister Anil Deshmukh only after his transfer.
The top court had granted a major relief to Singh on November 22 by directing the Maharashtra Police not to arrest him in criminal cases lodged against him and had wondered if he was being hounded for filing cases against police officers and extortionists, “what could happen to a common man”.

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