Who helped Param Bir Singh to escape?

Hours after former Maharashtra Minister and BJP leader Ashish Shelar on Tuesday claimed the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government may have helped IPS officer Param Bir Singh to flee and could be “preparing ground for him to seek political asylum” in a western country, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed that Mr. Singh has not absconded but made to move out of the country, which he could not have done without the Centre’s help.

Param Bir Singh is facing investigation in a number of matters, including some extortion cases registered by the Maharashtra Police. Recently, two non-bailable warrants were issued against him in different extortion cases in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane.

Mr. Singh was shunted out from the post of Mumbai police commissioner in March this year in the aftermath of the recovery of an SUV with explosives near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence in south Mumbai and the arrest of dismissed police officer Sachin Waze in the case.

The Maharashtra government recently told the Bombay High Court that it did not know of Param Bir Singh’s whereabouts. Mr. Raut said on the basis of allegations, an investigation can be carried out, but Mr. Deshmukh was arrested on the first day of inquiry by officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).Mr. Deshmukh was arrested by the ED late Monday night after over 12 hours of questioning in the money laundering case linked to an alleged extortion racket in the State police establishment.

Notably, former Maharashtra Minister Ashish Shelar on Tuesday claimed that the MVA government may have helped Param Bir Singh to flee and could be “preparing ground for him to seek political asylum” in a western country.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Mr. Shelar, the BJP MLA from Mumbai, also claimed that the MVA government, comprising the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress, was obstructing the Centre’s strong actions to tackle the drug menace in the country.

Mr. Shelar said, “The way the number of cases are being filed against Param Bir Singh, it seems to be a strategy for preparing grounds for the IPS officer to seek political asylum in a particular western country. If you speak against the government, you are eligible for such asylum.” “The Maha Vikas Aghadi could be helping Singh to take political asylum in a western country by lodging several complaints against him,” he said.

The idea would be to allow Mr. Singh to point at these complaints to seek political asylum by claiming that his life is in danger because he spoke against the ruling dispensation, the BJP leader claimed “The MVA government must have helped Singh to go missing, because if he gets caught, he may reveal some work done for leaders of the ruling parties,” Mr. Shelar alleged.

The real question is that since Param Bir Singh has all his documents, including the Aadhaar card, registered in Mumbai, how did he go missing from under the MVA’s nose? he said Mr. Shelar also claimed the MVA government was obstructing the Centre’s strong actions to tackle the drug menace in the country.

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