Allegations against Home Minister Shinde: True or just a politically motivated step from RK Singh?
Ex-home secretary R.K. Singh, after joining BJP, has put serious allegations against Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. The allegations are 1) Sinde influenced transfers and postings of police officers including SHOs. 2) The minister protected a businessman (Shahi Usman Balwa) who has links with Dawood Ibrahim in an investigation of IPL match fixing. 3) Shinde misinformed everybody on FBI’s help to arrest Dawood Ibrahim.
In first sight all the above allegations appear to be very serious. Even Subramanian Swami, again a BJP leader, threatened to go to court if FIR is not registered against Shinde. A high pitch political slugfest between the Congress and BJP has started over this controversy.
But on a second thought, one could understand that R.K. Singh is simply doing what Sanjeev Bhatt of Gujarat
did. Sanjeev Bhatt alleged Modi's involvement in Gujarat
riots after almost a decade and finally his wife contested elections on the Congress ticket. Here R.K. Singh first joined BJP and then put allegations against his former boss. Thus his allegations do not appear credible and looks politically motivated.
Further, it’s an open secret that ministers indirectly influence the transfer and posting irrespective of state or centre and irrespective of the party in power. Thus such allegations are not new. Also ministers many a time protect powerful persons/businessmen if the evidences are bit week and personal connection is strong. FBI misinformation may be a goof up or irresponsible or may be due to some strategy. After all FBI didn’t contradict Shinde’s version.
In any case, while public wants end of such goof ups, indirectly influencing in transfer and postings (amounting to corruption) etc, public too doesn’t accept allegations without evidence. Questions always rise why R.K. Singh didn’t oppose that time?
Another whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka never compromised and revealed all the wrong things in public. Thus he always remains credible. Singh’s silence during his service and alleging only after joining a party simply amount to opportunism.
Thus BJP needs to understand this and refrain from creating hue and cry using R.K. Singh’s revelations. Singh must also realize that in public sphere credibility is utmost requirement. Such credibility can only be earned when one’s accusation and comments are supported by evidence and commensurate to his past deeds.
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