Param Bir Singh, replaced as Mumbai Police Commissioner over unforgivable lapses in the Mukesh Ambani security scare probe this week, delivered a counterblow of stunning proportions, accusing former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of corruption and interference in police work. He said the Home Minister had asked several of his officers to collect money from restaurants, pubs, bars, and hookah parlors setting them a target of 100 crores every month as recently as February this year.

As the case came into much bad light, despite the fact that the ED issued several summonses to Anil Deshmukh, not once did he turn up for the inquiry. ED has issued a lookout notice for Anil Deshmukh implying that he is on a run.

The current Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said that the state government or the investigative agencies are not aware of the whereabouts of former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who is accused in alleged money laundering case. Speaking to the media on rumors that the former top cop has fled to Russia, Patil said a lookout circular has been issued after Singh failed to report before the investigative authorities despite multiple notices served to him, and the government is looking for him.

“Along with the Union home ministry, we’re also searching for Param Bir Singh’s whereabouts. I’ve heard something like that but as a government officer, he can’t go abroad without government clearance,” said the Maharashtra home minister.

“We’ve issued a Lookout Circular (LOC) and if he has fled away, then it is not good,” Patil added.

Singh is wanted in an investigation into an allegation of corruption that he leveled against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, in which the former Mumbai Police Commissioner claimed that Deshmukh was involved in an extortion racket and asked police officials to collect money from bars and restaurant owners. He also named disgraced encounter specialist Sachin Waze in his complaint.

Missing for several days now Deshmukh and Param Bir Singh’s whereabouts are not known to the agencies. It would be interesting to know whether the case will gain momentum or soon will be a history

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