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'Won't React to Singh's Charges'

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday termed former Home Secretary R K Singh’s allegations against him as “politically motivated” and said he wouldn’t respond to them as the latter was now a “BJP man”.

Published: 17th January 2014 09:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th January 2014 09:16 AM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday termed former Home Secretary R K Singh’s allegations against him as “politically motivated” and said he wouldn’t respond to them as the latter was now a “BJP man”. “Singh is now a political man. His allegations are political in nature. He is now with the BJP. I don’t see him as a former Home Secretary but as a BJP man. I will not react to his allegations,” Shinde told mediapersons.

Singh, who retired in last June, claimed that Shinde didn’t allow police to interrogate a Dawood Ibrahim aide in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal. He also accused the minister of interfering in the transfer of Station House Officers in Delhi and even said Shinde wasn’t fit to be the Home Minister.

Shinde said the Congress and his ministerial colleagues had already reacted to Singh’s allegations.Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh had slammed Singh, calling him an “opportunist” who joined the Oppsotion party after failing to get a post-retirement position from the UPA.

Meanwhile, sources said the ministry had asked about a dozen employees retained by Singh --mostly drawn from paramilitary forces and engaged in secretarial work -- to report to their respective departments.

Sources said the action was taken as per the rulebook as retired officials couldn’t keep personal staff on government expenses.

Singh will, however, continue to enjoy the  security cover provided by Delhi Police.



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