Param Bir Singh, IPS officer of the 1988-batch, was on Saturday appointed as the Mumbai police commissioner. Singh was the DG Anti Corruption Bureau, where he recently gave a clean chit to Deputy CM Ajit Pawar in the irrigation scam.
Singh succeeds Sanjay Barve who retired earlier in the after getting two three-month extensions as the police commissioner.
“I will perform the role of the Mumbai commissioner to the best of my abilities,” Singh told The Indian Express. As Thane police commissioner, he had overseen the investigation into several high profile cases including the Ephedrine drug bust case where former actor Mamta Kulkarni had been named as an accused.
Under Singh, the Thane police also busted a fake call centre which made fraudulent phone calls to US nationals and cheated them. He was also in charge of the special squad that carried out several ‘ encounters’ in Mumbai during the 90’s when the underworld was at its peak.
Singh has also had controversies and was accused of falsely framing the co-owner of Provogue, Salil Chaturvedi, in a drug case in 2005. He was also the ADG (law & order) when the Pune police arrested nine activists in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. Singh had supervised the arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, currently a BJP MP, in connection with the Malegaon 2008 blast case.
Outgoing commissioner Barve had taken over as Mumbai top cop on February 28, 2019, and was granted extensions in August and November. Earlier this month, he courted controversy after it came to light that the contract to digitize records of Mumbai police were given by him to a firm owned by his son and wife pro bono. Under his tenure central and state elections took place and the judgement in the Babri Masjid case was delivered without any law and order problems in the city.
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