Maharashtra minister gives reasons for Param Bir Singh’s transfer

Anil Deshmukh said the erstwhile Mumbai police chief was transferred to ensure inquiry of police officer Sachin Waze is conducted "properly and without hindrance"

Deshmukh released a video message before going to the ED office in which he said that he himself was deposing before the agency

A day after Param Bir Singh was unceremoniously removed as Mumbai police commissioner, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday (March 18) said that Singh bore the brunt of “serious and unforgivable mistakes” committed by his colleagues.

Deshmukh said he (Singh) was transferred to ensure that the investigations into police officer Sachin Waze episode is conducted “properly and without hindrance”.

Param Bir Singh, who was under fire over the handling of the bomb scare outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house in south Mumbai, was on Wednesday transferred to the low-key Home Guard by the the state government. Acting Director General of Police of state Hemant Nagrale replaced Singh.

Assistant police inspector Waze was recently arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) over its probe into the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV near Ambani’s house on February 25.

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Speaking at an event organised by Lokmat newspaper and aired by ABP Majha news channel, Deshmukh also said that the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the NIA are conducting the probe into the episode “professionally”.

He said that action will be taken against whoever is found guilty in the respective probes by the NIA and ATS.

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“This is not an administrative transfer (of Singh). Some things have come to light through the probes conducted by the NIA and the ATS,” Deshmukh said.

“Some of the colleagues of the (former) Mumbai police chief (Singh) committed some serious mistakes. Those are unforgivable mistakes. Hence, he was transferred. Further action will be taken based on the probe report,” he added.

Asked about the BJP and the MNS’s allegation that political bosses of the officials are not being acted against, Deshmukh said, “The NIA and ATS are conducting the probe professionally. They will definitely find out whoever is guilty.”

Waze was arrested by the NIA on March 13 in the probe into recovery of explosives from the SUV. He was later suspended.

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Waze, an “encounter specialist”, has also been facing heat in the murder case of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of that SUV. Hiran was found dead in a creek in Thane district on March 5.

The ATS is investigating the Hiran murder case. It had registered an FIR against unidentified persons days after Hiran’s body was found.

Hiran’s wife accused Waze of involvement in her husband’s suspicious death.

(With inputs from agencies)

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