A lookout notice has been issued against Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh and another senior DCP-rank IPS officer, currently attached with Mumbai Police, in the extortion case registered against the officials in Thane.
“The process had begun five days back, but the circular has now formally been issued,” said a senior source from Thane police. Several other police officers have also been issued the notice.
Two FIRs were previously filed against the officials on charges of extortion in Thane. The First Information Report registered named a total of 28 persons including Singh, retired `encounter specialist’ police officer Pradeep Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Devraj, Assistant Commissioner of Police N T Kadam and inspector Rajkumar Kothmire alongwith two more junior-level officers.
The case was registered under IPC sections 324 (assault), 384 (extortion), 392 (robbery) and 506 (criminal intimidation) besides the Arms Act on the complaint filed by Ketan Tanna (54), a builder.
Tanna alleged that when Singh was Thane police commissioner between January 2018 to February 2019, the accused extorted Rs 1.25 crore from him by summoning him to the office of the Anti-Extortion Cell and threatening to frame him up in serious criminal cases. They also extorted over Rs 3 crore from his friend and alleged bookie Sonu Jalan in the same way, he alleged.