Maharashtra government suspends Param Bir Singh, starts disciplinary action

The omission includes unauthorized absence from duty; Former Mumbai Police Commissioner has not appeared in the last six months after he was appointed as the chief of Maharashtra Home Guard

The Maharashtra government on Thursday suspended former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and initiated disciplinary proceedings against him over “certain irregularities and lapses”, an official said.

The suspension order was approved the day Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was discharged from a private hospital on November 12 after undergoing spine surgery.

An official said the lapses included unauthorized absence from duty.

Sources said Singh did not appear in the last six months after he was appointed as the Maharashtra Home Guard chief. He told that he was given leave till August 29 on health grounds, but even after that, he did not join duty.

Singh had leveled allegations of corruption and abuse of official position against the then Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in March when he was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner following the Antilia bombing incident.

He had accused Deshmukh of asking police officials to collect Rs 100 crore a month from restaurants and bars in Mumbai, a charge denied by the NCP leader.

The commission of inquiry probing the allegations had directed Singh to appear to record his statement, but the IPS officer, who had been virtually unknown since May, appeared before him only last month.

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