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Mumbai court issues NBW against Param Bir Singh in Goregaon hotelier extortion case

The judge also rejected a plea by Waze seeking stay on execution of a production warrant issued against him on October 11.

Written by Vallabh Ozarkar | Mumbai |
Updated: October 31, 2021 12:15:03 am
Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. (Express file photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

A non-bailable warrant (NBW) was issued on Saturday against former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh by a Mumbai metropolitan magistrate court in connection with an extortion case being probed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. This is the second non-bailable warrant issued against Singh after a Thane court last week issued a NBW.

Apart from Singh, NBW has also been issued against two other accused – Vinay Singh and Riyaz Bhati.

Based on a complaint lodged by Bimal Agarwal, a hotelier and civic contractor, the case was registered by the Goregaon police against Param Bir, Riyaz Bhati, Vinay Singh, Sumit Singh, Alpesh Patel and dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze.

Agarwal has alleged that Param Bir and Waze – currently in jail for his alleged involvement in the Ambani bomb scare and Mansukh Hiran murder case – extorted cash and valuables worth Rs 11.92 lakh from him.

The case was initially registered at Goregaon police station on charges of extortion, criminal conspiracy and common intention, following which it was transferred to Crime Branch Unit XI.

The police said that while Alpesh Patel and Sumit Singh have been arrested, Param Bir, Vinay Singh and Riyaz Bhati were untraceable. While two notices each have been issued to them, notices have also been sent to their addresses, instructing them to appear before the investigating officer.

“However, they did not appear or respond to the notices. Hence, the crime branch approached the magistrate court for NBW. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S B Bhajipale on Saturday issued non-bailable warrant against all the three accused,” said an officer.

On Tuesday, the Thane court had issued NBW against Param Bir in connection with an extortion case registered at Thane Nagar police station.

Meanwhile, Waze, also accused in the same extortion case and currently in the jail, had applied for the cancellation of the production warrant issued by the magistrate court. The court, however, has rejected the application and now the crime branch is likely to take his custody on Monday after producing him before court.


 

Five FIRs have been registered against Param Bir at different police stations in Maharashtra while a lookout circular has also been issued. Further, two open inquiries are being conducted by the state Anti Corruption Bureau against him.

Earlier, the state home department had issued orders to put Singh’s salary on hold. Singh had last come to office on May 4, after which he availed medical leave.

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