Param Bir Singh | Case of Rs 4 crore ransom filed against 5 including former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh
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Mumbai : Policenama online | Param Bir Singh |  A case has been registered against Param Bir Singh, then Commissioner of Police and Home Guard of Mumbai and Thane, and Parag Manere, then Deputy Commissioner of Criminal Investigation, Parag Manere, Sanjay Punamiya, Sunil Jain and Manoj Ghotkar at Kopri police station on Friday morning. A similar case has been registered in Mumbai against eight persons, including Singh, at the Marine Drive police station. This has added to Singh’s woes.

Sharad Agarwal, 37, a resident of Bhayandar, had lodged the complaint alleging that he had laundered Rs 2 crore in cash and Rs 2 crore 68 lakh in cheques. Agarwal said the ransom was paid at the residence of the Commissioner of Police in the Bara Bangla area in the corner. When Parambir Singh was the Commissioner of Thane, Manere was the Deputy Commissioner of Investigation at that time. Agarwal said the incident took place between November 2016 and May 2018. He said in his complaint that Sanjay Punamia, his accomplices Sunil Jain, Manoj Ghotkar, Deputy Commissioner Manere and Param Bir Singh conspired to extort Rs 2 crore from Sharad Agarwal and his brother Shubham by threatening to implicate them in a fake police case. At the same time, the land in the name of Draupadi Devi, the mother of Sharad from Bharinder, was bought for only Rs 1 crore, the actual market price of this land was Rs 8 crore. He also threatened to implicate Sharad’s cousin Shyamsunder Agarwal in the MCOCA case by making a ‘Deed of Settlement’ in a land worth Rs 2 crore 68 lakh in Sinnar (Nashik) and forcibly transferring Shyamsunder’s rights on land in his name as a ransom.

Shyamsunder has earlier lodged a case against eight persons, including Param Bir Singh and Deputy Commissioner Akbar Pathan, at the Marine Drive police station in Mumbai.

However, the Thane police has maintained a high degree of ‘confidentiality’ as it has been forced to file a case against its own former police commissioner after three years.

Kopri police said they would get the information from their superiors. So many senior officials refused to give information over the phone. However, an official with the rank of Additional Commissioner of Police admitted that such a case had been registered.

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