Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil convened an emergent meeting to discuss development relating to charges against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. Rumours of Singh fled to Europe to avoid arrest, led Walse Patil to hold the meeting.
Singh had proceeded on four months’ leave on May 5. This was followed by his letter charging the then Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of money laundering and extortion. Singh was also facing charges in connection with explosive-leden car found near Mukesh Ambani’s Antillia residence and murder of Mansukh Hiran, connected with it.
Summons by National Investigating Agency (NIA) had issued summons, which could not be served upon Singh, as he was not located. Similar rumours are related to Anil Deshmukh, who was issued notices six times by Enforcement Directorate. He, however, did not appear before the ED. Deshmukh too is alleged to be eluding arrest. His whereabouts are not known to the State Government.
Deshmukh was neither seen at his residence in Nagpur, Mumbai or his constituency Katol for the last three months.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also stated that he is not aware of whereabouts of Singh or Deshmukh.
Developments are being keenly watched, following emergent meeting convened by the Home Minister in this connection. Senior police officers from Mumbai and Pune are learnt to have attended the meeting.