On Wednesday the Supreme Court refused to entertain former Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh ‘s plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the alleged corruption claims levelled by him against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
Justice Kaul said, “The point is easy. Param Bir Singh is making some allegations and also the Minister is additionally making some allegations. I do not see a point why you ought to not move the court, high courts have wider powers under Article 226 of the constitution”
A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul wondered why Singh didn’t approach the Bombay stated supreme court and why the person against the petition has been filed (Deshmukh) wasn’t made attention to the case.
Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi submitted a statement “This could be a matter of significant public interest for the full nation. Police personnel is transferred citing administrative grounds but the home Minister himself said on TV that it’s not an administrative transfer, the complete State is disturbed. Police reforms haven’t taken place”
Justice Kaul said, “The point is easy. He is making some allegations and also the Minister is additionally making some allegations. I do not see a point why you ought to not move the court, high courts have wider powers under Article 226 of the constitution”
Later Rohatgi said, “The SC had entertained petitions under Article 32 on much lesser important issues,” then the Bench answered, “If you provide a list of cases entertained under 32, I can even give cases we’ve got relegated back to high courts”
The Bench said, “We haven’t any doubt matter is sort of serious affecting administration at large and seeing it, liberty to approach the HC is granted”
On the difficulty of police reforms, Justice Kaul observed “That’s the case with all states like West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, UP etc Not with just Maharashtra”
Rohatgi said on Wednesday Parambir’s petition would be filed within the court itself. He requested the SC to issue a direction to the judicature to require up the matter on Thursday as CCTV evidence was involved.
While denying Param Bir Singh’s allegations, Deshmukh had issued and stated a threatening to initiate defamation case proceedings against him. Rohatgi had also urged the court to safeguard him from any more coercive steps apprehended in retaliation for laying bare Deshmukh’s complains misleads. Param Bir Singh
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