Extortion case: Mumbai police file indictment against Param Bir and others

Mumbai, December 4 (IANS): Mumbai Police on Saturday filed a voluminous indictment against the suspended DGP Param Bir Singh and three others in an extortion case filed by a businessman at the Additional Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court, officials said here.

This is the first indictment filed against Singh – a former Mumbai police commissioner who was suspended on December 2 – in the five FIRs filed against him in Mumbai and Thane.

The indictment, along with the evidence and recorded testimony from witnesses, also names sacked cop Sachin Vaze, currently in custody, and two others in the extortion case filed by hotelier Bimal Agarwal.

The other two defendants named are Alpesh Patel and Sumit Singh, who are currently on bail, while police have yet to press charges against two other defendants, Vinay Singh and Riyaz Bhati.

Singh, the commander-in-chief of Maharashtra state guards, who was “nowhere to be found” for nearly six months until he resurfaced in Mumbai 10 days ago, had recorded his statement in the case, which was registered by Goregaon police on August 25 and later transferred to the Crime Branch.

According to Agarwal’s complaint, Singh, Vaze and the others threatened to file false cases against him and extorted nearly 12 lakh of Rs between January 2020 and March 2021. The Crime Directorate is currently investigating the case.

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