The eighth metropolitan magistrate court has issued a Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) against former Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh. This is the third NBW issued against Param Bir Singh. The issuance of this NBW will take the authorities a step closer to declaring Singh as an absconder.
“With the issuance of NBW, we can go ahead with the proclamation and attachment of Singh’s properties as per Criminal Procedure Code. We will also be able to initiate the procedure for the Red Corner Notice issued against Singh,” said Special Public Prosecutor Shekhar Jagtap.
There are six FIRs registered against Param Bir Singh and, in two cases, one of which registered in Thane, an NBW was issued earlier. In the Thane case, a Look Out Circular (LOC) was also issued against Param Bir Singh, suspecting that he would flee from the country. An NBW was issued to the Mumbai crime branch investigating the extortion FIR registered at Goregaon by the Esplanade Court.
This present NBW has been issued in a third case which was registered at Marine Drive police station of extortion from a businessman, a few months ago.
This is being investigated by Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Jagtap, who has been appointed to build up a strong legal case against Param Bir Singh, applied to the court stating that attempts were made to reach Param Bir Singh at his official residence as well as his Chandigarh residence, which was his last known location, but that he could not be found.
In that application, Jagtap also mentioned that the state intends to declare Singh an absconding accused and hence warrants would need to be issued for the purpose. After going through the application, additional chief metropolitan magistrate RM Nerlikar issued the warrant against Param Bir Singh.
Of all the five cases against Param Bir Singh, three cases are currently being investigated by the CID. This particular case of Marine Drive police station is with regards to Rs 20 crore extortion money being sought by policemen at the behest of Param Bir Singh from a businessman. In this case, two civilians were arrested earlier and were granted bail. This week, two serving police inspectors, Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Kirke were taken into custody.