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NCP rejected the election of Shiv Sena, relied on an ally to elect Param Bir Singh as police commissioner of Mumbai | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: After Maha Vikas Aghadi selected two names for the post of Mumbai police commissioner, the DGP of the Param Bir Singh Anti-Corruption Bureau was elected over the other contender, Pune’s police chief, K Venkatesham. It was the NCP that tipped the balance in favor of Singh, if a senior IPS officer is believed.


“Our information is that, while Shiv Sena was in favor of K Venkatasham, he missed the bus due to reservations expressed by the NCP,” said the IPS official. The Ministry of Interior of the State is with the NCP.

Although Singh had held a press meeting on the Elgar Parishad case in his capacity as additional DGP (law and order) to show “evidence” against the defendants, it was under Venkatasham’s leadership that Pune police recorded crimes in the case against activists The PNC chief, Sharad Pawar, has claimed that the activists have been framed and that the role of the Pune police must be investigated and pressured for a Special Investigation Team.

Singh, on the other hand, had been directly handling, as DGP of the ACB, the case of multicore irrigation scam involving NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare. In his affidavit filed with the Nagpur Bank of the Bombay High Court in December last year, Singh had granted a clean token to Ajit Pawar, who is now a CM deputy.

Although in political circles, there was speculation about whether the PCN had favored it for this reason, a senior ACB official said the clean sheet had been granted to Ajit Pawar during the BJP government. “It was in July 2018, when the BJP was in power in the state, that the department of water resources wrote to the ACB saying that all the proposals were approved at the level of the secretary of the department of water resources and, according to the rules of business, the cabinet member is not responsible for decisions made by the department, “said the official.

Significantly, Singh’s affidavit that gives Pawar a clean record was filed one year after Barve’s sworn statement on the scam, in which Barve, who then led the ACB, had indirectly blamed the political leadership, saying that The scam needed an in-depth investigation.

The sources said that the search for Barve’s successor as the city’s main police began a week ago after the Sena-led government made the decision not to grant him greater extension after the objections raised by the PNC. In fact, NCP had also opposed the way in which CMdesignate Uddhav Thackeray had granted him a second extension on November 27, a day before he took an oath.

When the deliberations began, there were more than half a dozen senior IPS officials in the area of ​​consideration, including the MD of the housing police corporation Bipin Bihari, the state security corporation MD D Kanakratnam, DG (legal) Hemant Nagrale, DG (ACB) Singh, SID commissioner Rashmi Shukla, ADG (law and order) Rajneesh Seth, Pune Venkatesham chief police officer and Thane Vivek Phansalkar police commissioner.

The senior IPS official said there was a long discussion about whether the Mumbai police commissioner should be from DG or from an additional DG rank. “There was a vertical division in the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi, since one section felt that the PC should be in the DG range, while the other section said it should have an additional DG rank. Even though these discussions were in progress at the political level, the names of Param Bir Singh and Venkatesham were shortlisted, ”he said.

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