Shinde Interfered in IPL Scam Probe, Claims RK Singh - The New Indian Express

Shinde Interfered in IPL Scam Probe, Claims RK Singh

Published: 13th January 2014 09:41 PM

Last Updated: 14th January 2014 01:49 AM

Former Union Home Secretary R K  Singh, who recently joined BJP, alleged on Monday that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had interfered in the probe into betting scam in IPL and prevented Delhi Police from questioning a businessman with "shady" reputation.

Singh claimed Delhi Police was stopped by Shinde from questioning a Mumbai-based businessman, who is said to have "some kind of links" with Dawood Ibrahim, in connection with the betting in Indian Premier League, a T-20 cricketing tournament.

No deal with US

The US has offered no help to India as far as bringing most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim back from Pakistan is concerned Singh said.

"Firstly, if a third country's intelligence agency is agreeing to help you, you don't talk about it in public... Secondly FBI has offered no such help...so this statement of bringing back Dawood with the help of FBI is wrong. There is even no assurance from FBI on Dawood, I was present at that conference with (Home Minister Sushilkumar) Shinde... he is lying." Singh said in an interview to a TV channel.

At a press conference last week, Shinde had said that Dawood was in Pakistan and joint efforts were being made with the US to nab him. Dawood is wanted in a number of cases by India, including the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

In his interview, Singh used the shoulder of former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to fire at Shinde claiming that "slips used to reach Delhi Police chief quite often asking about posting some people as Station House Officers".

"These were not a few postings but in large number of police stations," he told the channels.

"I don't know whether money used to exchange hands but Delhi Police Commissioner told me that numerous slips used to come from his residence... you don't make large number of recommendations... the postings as SHO's has a vigilance angle to it," he said.

On his reported differences with Shinde, R.K. Singh said: "The differences with home minister were known to everyone and it was known to higher officials and its not new...this is not something that has cropped up today."

Asked about Shinde's reported interference in stopping the interrogation of a senior businessman, he claimed: "Again it's not an allegation, it's a fact."

"As far as I recall, I think it was in connection with the match fixing case and this businessman had some sort of links with Dawood," Singh claimed according to a release by the news channel.

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