Former Union Home Secretary R K Singh on Tuesday launched another fierce offensive against Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde claiming that the UPA Government knew about his differences with Shinde and even the Prime Minister’s Office was aware of the illegitimate transfer and posting of officials in Delhi Police.
Singh claimed that the Home Minister interfered in the posting and transfer of officials at the level of police station and the whole incident was shameful. Singh fired a fresh salvo after the Congress questioned his comments saying he should have immediately reported the matter to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretary. “I had seen chits and SMSes forwarded to the Delhi Police Commissioner from two-three gentlemen who worked at Shinde’s residence seeking postings of SHOs,” Singh claimed.
R K Singh, who recently joined the BJP, triggered a controversy on Monday, claiming that Shinde shielded a Mumbai-based businessman in a match-fixing case. Singh said he was informed by the Delhi Police Commissioner about an interrogation which was suspended after Shinde intervened. He also refuted Shinde’s claim that the FBI was helping India to arrest Dawood Ibrahim. Singh said the FBI never made such commitment and Shinde’s statement about such joint effort was ridiculous.
BJP Demands Probe
In the wake of the sensational claims made by Singh, the BJP demanded a probe into the charges levelled against Shinde. “After inquiry, if he is found to have intervened as there is contemporaneous evidence of the Home Secretary saying so, he must be sacked. He has no political, moral or legal authority to remain as the home minister even for a moment,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
However, the Congress said Singh was just trying to gain media space by levelling such allegations after retirement.
“If Singh, or anybody else was really so concerned, then why was not the matter put on record while they were in service? I think it is extremely unfortunate. You have this very pernicious tendency of bureaucrats after retirement trying to make allegations in order to occupy media space,” Union Information and Broadcating Minister Manish Tewari said.