Mumbai: The High Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh seeking quashing of the state government’s probe into allegations of violation of service rules and corruption. The demands made by Parambir are related to this service. Therefore, the court cannot hear his petition. The court also directed the Central Administrative Authority (CAT) to take up the matter.
Justice S. S. Shinde and Justice N. J. The petition was heard before a bench of the Jemadar. The court also said that if Parambir appealed to CAT, his plea would be heard and his order would be decided without prejudice. The court also clarified that only the tribunal has the power to check the legality and accuracy of government action in such cases.
Parambir had challenged the preliminary inquiry launched by the state government in two cases. One of the inquiries was about breach of service rules through misconduct, while the other was about allegations of corruption. Parambir had also demanded that both the cases be referred to the CBI as the action was being taken out of revenge. The state government had opposed the petition, claiming that the court could not hear Parambir’s petition as the demands in the petition were related to the service. The first inquiry order was issued on April 1 by former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The second inquiry order was issued by the present Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on April 20.