Investigating agencies believe that former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh either left the country before the Maharashtra Police issued a lookout notice against him or he fled the country with the help of a fake passport. According to officials, two months after Parambir Singh went on leave, the Maharashtra Police had issued a lookout circular against Singh.
According to officials, Parambir Singh had sought leave on May 7 citing his ill health as the reason and went to Chandigarh. From there he extended his leave but since then he is missing. The first lookout circular against Singh was issued in mid-July. In such a situation, it is feared that Singh had already left the country.
FIRs are registered against Parambir Singh under several sections of the IPC. Two inquiries are also pending against Singh in the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Singh was also summoned by the National Investigation Agency in the Antilia bomb case.
A senior official said, “The Maharashtra government had issued a lookout notice against Parambir Singh a few days after the FIR was registered. There is no chance of a person crossing immigration at any airport in the country after the lookout notice is issued.
There is also speculation that Parambir Singh has gone abroad via Nepal. The senior official said that the possibility of this is also negligible as this route remains under the surveillance of intelligence agencies and crossing it is not easy.
“Parambir Singh’s departure can be possible only if a fake passport has been used,” the official said. Singh may have used his photo on someone else’s ID. Very often people with fake passports are caught but some manage to escape as the verification process is computer based.