Param Bir could face motion over 2 official quarters, not paying dues of Rs 24 lakh

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IPS officer Param Bir Singh, who’s going through a slew of circumstances after his removing because the Mumbai Police commissioner following a fall out with former Maharashtra Residence Minister Anil Deshmukh, could quickly face motion on one other entrance — the restoration of penalty hire working into a number of lakhs for an official condominium in Malabar Hill that he continued to occupy even whereas he was posted because the police chief of Thane.

Singh was appointed because the police commissioner of Thane metropolis on March 18, 2015. Previous to that he was posted in Mumbai as extra DGP of the Particular Reserve Police Power. For this posting, he was offered an condominium in Nilima, a constructing reserved for senior law enforcement officials on B G Kher Marg in Malabar Hill.

After transferring to Thane, the place Singh stayed within the police commissioner’s official residence, he retained the Nilima condominium.

The Indian Specific has learnt that Singh was billed for the hire and the penalty hire amounting to Rs 54,10,545 for the interval between March 17, 2015 and July 29, 2018 – all the period of his posting in Thane. Whereas Singh has paid Rs 29,43,825, the steadiness quantity of Rs 24,66,720 is pending.

Final month, The Indian Specific had reported that 35 IPS officers owe almost Rs 4 crore in rents and penalties for overstaying of their official lodging. Officers are allowed to remain on for 15 days of their official lodging after their posting ends. The federal government costs solely a licence payment for these 15 days. If the officer fails to vacate even after this era, the federal government begins making use of a penal hire along with the licence payment.

On his return to Mumbai as extra DG (Legislation & Order) within the state police in July 2018, Singh had moved to Nilima.

In keeping with sources, earlier this yr, when relations between him after which dwelling minister Anil Deshmukh have been but to bitter, he had made an attraction to waive the steadiness quantity. He had mentioned that his household wanted a spot to remain in Mumbai, and likewise cited precedents of different IPS and IAS officers receiving such waivers. Nevertheless, the file along with his plea was despatched again with none comment by the Chief Minister’s Workplace.

A senior state police officer mentioned, “Singh is now posted in Mumbai and is legally entitled for the flat. However he has to pay the penalty for the 2015-2018 interval. No officer can maintain two residential quarters. We are going to recuperate the cash from his wage and if it’s not potential now, we’ll recuperate it after his retirement in June 2022.’’

Further Director Basic of Police Sanjeev Singhal mentioned, “I must examine the file.’’

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