A day after Marine Drive Police convicted former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in an extortion case, Kopri Police in Thane filed a similar case against him on Friday.
Thane Police Commissioner Jai Jeet Singh confirmed that the First Information Report (FIR) has been recorded. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Parag Manere and three civilians were also named in the FIR as co-accused. Manere was the DCP (crime) in Thane when Singh was appointed Police Commissioner of Thane, and the offense is said to have taken place during their tenure.
Singh is currently appointed Managing Director of Home Guards, while Manere is assigned to the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) in Mumbai.
The other three named in the FIR are the builder Sanjay Punamiya, his partner Sunil Jain and Manoj Ghotkar. Officers said the five defendants were arrested on charges of kidnapping, extortion and cheating under the Indian Penal Code.
The plaintiff, Sharad Agrawal, deals with real estate and alleged that the defendant extorted money from him and also forced him to cede certain plots of land to them. The complainant’s uncle, Shyamsunder Agrawal, is the complainant in the case registered against Singh in Mumbai on Thursday.
According to investigators, the offense dates back to 2016, when Shyamsundar was arrested in a case filed against him by Punamiya and Jain.
“While Shyamsundar was in custody, Singh and Manere illegally detained Sharad and demanded a monetary gratuity in return for not opposing his uncle’s bail request and failing to invoke Maharashtra’s Organized Crime Control Act (MCOCA) against him. After negotiation, the price was set at ₹9 crores. From this, ₹1 crore was paid in cash while the rest was given in the form of land, which the accused forced Sharad to cede to them, ”said a senior officer.
He added that the whole negotiation was led by Ghotkar, who acted as an intermediary in the alleged deal.
Punamiya and Jain are also named as accused in the FIR filed by Marine Drive police against Singh, and both were arrested on Thursday. Kopri police will request their custody for investigation in the case registered on Friday.