After the Maharashtra authorities on Tuesday opposed the writ plea filed by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh difficult two preliminary inquiries initiated against him, the Bombay High Court “prima facie” noticed that there was no urgency to listen to the petition and the reliefs claimed by Singh can be adjudicated by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).
The courtroom was informed by the state authorities that Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Pandey has recused from the probes and subsequently Singh’s plea be rendered infructuous and non-maintainable.
The first order challenged by Singh is the April 1 state directive asking Pandey to provoke a preliminary probe against Singh underneath the All India Services (Conduct) Rules in reference to the Ambani safety scare case.
The April 20 order directed Pandey to provoke an inquiry against Singh over the allegations made by Inspector Anup Dange — who was suspended final yr and not too long ago reinstated.
A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale heard Singh’s plea on Tuesday.
Singh additionally sought instructions to the CBI to probe the alleged “felony conspiracy and malicious makes an attempt to thwart” its preliminary inquiry as per the HC order of April 5. “The impugned orders are geared toward silencing petitioners and pressuring him to withdraw allegations against former residence minister Anil Deshmukh,” the plea mentioned.
Senior counsel Darius Khambata, representing the state authorities, opposed the plea and mentioned that the complaints and allegations made by Singh have been of “service nature” and treatment lay earlier than the CAT, and subsequently the courtroom shouldn’t proceed listening to the plea as non-maintainable. He additionally submitted that recent preliminary enquiry (PE) has been ordered by the state authorities and subsequently the current petition be rendered “infructuous”.
Senior counsel Navroz Seervai for Pandey adopted the arguments made by the state authorities and mentioned that his consumer had recused from the probe with out accepting allegations made by Singh against him. Advocate S R Ganbavle representing complainant PI Dange additionally opposed the plea.
Advocate Sunny Punamiya, representing Singh, sought pressing listening to as senior advocates representing his consumer weren’t current on Tuesday.
After listening to submissions, the bench famous, ” We are of the prima facie opinion that reliefs claimed can be adjudicated by the CAT. There is not any urgency.”
On the request made by Singh’s counsel, HC posted additional listening to on Singh’s plea to June 9.