IPS officer Param Bir Singh, who’s going through a slew of circumstances after his elimination because the Mumbai Police commissioner following a fall out with former Maharashtra Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh, could quickly face motion on one other entrance — the restoration of penalty lease operating into a number of lakhs for an official residence 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 residence in Nilima, a constructing reserved for senior cops on B G Kher Marg in Malabar Hill.
After shifting to Thane, the place Singh stayed within the police commissioner’s official residence, he retained the Nilima residence.
The Indian Express has learnt that Singh was billed for the lease and the penalty lease amounting to Rs 54,10,545 for the interval between March 17, 2015 and July 29, 2018 – the whole 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 Categorical had reported that 35 IPS officers owe practically 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 lease 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 accordance with sources, earlier this 12 months, when relations between him after which house minister Anil Deshmukh had been but to bitter, he had made an enchantment to waive the steadiness quantity. He had stated that his household wanted a spot to remain in Mumbai, and likewise cited precedents of different IPS and IAS officers receiving such waivers. Nonetheless, the file together with his plea was despatched again with none comment by the Chief Minister’s Workplace.
A senior state police officer stated, “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’ll get well the cash from his wage and if it’s not doable now, we’ll get well it after his retirement in June 2022.’’
Further Director Normal of Police Sanjeev Singhal stated, “I should test the file.’’