Supporting the Red Corner Notice that has been sought against former Mumbai Commissioner Param Bir Singh, Major General (retd) GD Bakshi emphasised that Param Bir is not above the law. He further called it is the saddest phase for Mumbai Police which was once regarded as one of the best in the world.
"The press was not attacked so brutally and so cravenly even during the dark days of Emergency...They went hammer and tongs against Republic and Arnab. The Referring to Red Corner notice) It is a tribute to Arnab and his team," Bakshi said.
"I'm glad today these people are being held to account because with great power comes great responsibility. You can't just run riot. This is not the way how democracy works," the former Army Major General added.
Sources told Republic that the state CBI is going to initiate a procedure under section 82 and section 83 of the CrPC to declare former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh absconder and to attach his properties.
Moreover, Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is going to write to the Ministry of Home Affairs to issue a red corner notice against Param Bir. This is related to the extortion case registered at Marine Drive Police station, in which ex-CP and seven others have been named.
All 8 accused including, Param Bir Singh have been charged under IPC Sections 387, 388, 389, 403, 409, 420, 423, 464, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120b, 166, 167, 177, 181, 193, 195, 195, 203,211,209,210,209,210,347,111,113 and 110.
Senior Public Prosecutor Shekhar Jagtap speaking to Republic said, "Considering his status in the Police department and his background, we will initiate a procedure to issue a red corner notice, for which we will have to take the assistance of Centre."
The Public Prosecutor further said that Param Bir was running a big extortion racket in Mumbai. "Considering the registered FIRs and investigation is at quite a peak point, we can declare him an absconding accused," Jagtap said.
So far, three non-bailable warrants have been issued against Param Bir Singh for allegedly committing non-bailable offences and evading summons and notices. "In this circumstance, the non-bailable warrant against accused Param Bir Singh is required to be issued. Hence, issue a non-bailable warrant against the accused Param Bir Singh," the court said while issuing the third NBW. The first NBW was issued in relation to the Koregaon case, the second in the Thane case and the third in the Marine Drive case.