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Mumbai police sets up SIT to probe extortion case against Param Bir Singh

An FIR filed against the former Mumbai police commissioner last week alleged that he demanded Rs 15 crore from a builder for withdrawing the cases registered against him.

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Mumbai: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to conduct a probe into an extortion case against former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh and seven others registered at the Marine Drive police station in Mumbai and another case registered with the crime branch, an official said on Wednesday.

Mumbai Commissioner of Police Hemant Nagrale issued orders for setting up the SIT on July 25, he said.

The SIT will comprise seven members and will be headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Nimit Goyal, who is posted in the local arms department, the official said.

Goyal will be the supervising officer and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Deonar, M S Mujawar will be the investigating officer in the case, the official said.

The other members of the SIT are – Economic Offences Wing (EOW) inspector Prinam Parab, Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) inspector Sachin Puranik, Azad Maidan police station inspector Vinay Ghorpade, crime branch’s assistant police inspector Mahendra Patil and cyber police station API Vishal Gaikwad, he said.

Mumbai police chief Nagrale in his order instructed ACP Mujawar to take possession of all documents related to the cases from the Marine Drive police station and ACP crime (D-West), he said.

The Marine Drive police last week registered an FIR against Param Bir Singh, five other police officers and two other persons on charges of of extortion, cheating and forgery, following a complaint filed by a builder.

The builder had alleged that the accused demanded Rs 15 crore from him for withdrawing the cases registered against him under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Singh threatened to register a case under the MCOCA and arrest the builder, a police official earlier said quoting the builder’s complaint.

Singh also allegedly created forged documents with the signature of the builder’s nephew and extorted property worth crores of rupees, the police official had said quoting the FIR.

Param Bir Singh was shunted out as Mumbai police commissioner in March this year after the arrest of dismissed police officer Sachin Waze in the case of an explosives-laden vehicle found near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai.

Also read: FIR against ex-Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh, 5 other cops for extortion


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