The petition count before the Bombay High Court on the ‘Param Bir Singh – Anil Deshmukh’ controversy is increasing by the day with a fifth petition filed on Tuesday, this time seeking a judicial inquiry into the allegations against Deshmukh.
The fifth petition, styled as a public interest litigation (PIL), was filed by a Chartered Accountant, Mohan Prabhakar Bhide.
Bhide sought constitution of a Special Committee headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or High Court to carry out investigation into the allegations raised against the State Home Minister by Param Bir Singh.
He also prayed that upon receipt of the report of this Special Committee, the High Court can initiate appropriate legal action against Deshmukh or Singh or any other person mentioned in Singh’s letter.
Singh, in an 8-page long letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, had alleged that Deshmukh frequently interfered with the functioning of the State Police giving instructions to the police force directing it to adopt a particular course of investigation.
At least two other PILs and two writ petitions are already pending before the Bombay High Court on same issue.
Amongst the two PILs, one was filed by Ghanshyam Upadhyay seeking formation of Court monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) which includes a member from each independent agency like the CBI, ED, NIA, etc. to investigate the extortion charges alleged by Param Bir Singh.
The other PIL was filed by Param Bir Singh himself who invoked the PIL jurisdiction of the High Court after the Supreme Court asked him to first approach the High Court.
Singh has not only sought a CBI probe into the actions of Deshmukh but has also prayed for appropriate directions to ensure that transfer/ posting of police officials is not done on any consideration of pecuniary benefits to any politician.
Amongst the writ petitions, one was filed by Dr. Jaishri Patil seeking probe by CBI or any other independent agency into the allegations of malpractices alleged by Singh against Deshmukh.
A similar plea was also filed by one Hemant Baburao Patil seeking directions to an “independent agency” under the supervision of the High Court to register an FIR against Waze and his associates for alleged extortion.