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Opportunist, cries Congress

New Delhi, Jan. 14: The government and the Congress today confronted former home secretary R.K. Singh on his allegations against home minister Sushil Shinde, asking why he had kept quiet while in service.

Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari and Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh both criticised what they called the tendency to come up with allegations after retirement.

The former bureaucrat, who has now joined the BJP, alleged that Shinde had interfered with the probe into the betting scam and prevented Delhi police from questioning a businessman perceived to be close to Dawood Ibrahim.

The former home secretary also rubbished Shinde’s claim that India was trying to nab Dawood with US help, saying there was no such move. “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,” Tewari said.

“He could have articulated his concerns to the cabinet secretary or to the Prime Minister. After retirement and that too after joining a political party, to try and shoot from the hips... I think, for the lack of a better word, is really low.”

Digvijaya, too, reacted sharply, tweeting: “Mr Shinde is a seasoned politician and has held responsible positions in State and Centre. Such false charges by an exHome Secretary are condemnable.”

In another tweet, he said: “His charges are extremely serious and if he kept quiet then he is guilty also of not fulfilling his assigned responsibility. Shocking !”

He also said: “Shocked at the Opportunistic behaviour of RK Singh. Why did he not bring this to the notice of Cabinet Secretary or the PM?”

Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar, too, questioned the veracity of Singh’s statement, saying: “Why is the official talking about it after joining the BJP. He is now a member of a party and should not make charges like this.”