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Congress flays RK Singh for his allegations against Sushilkumar Shinde

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 7:52pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Former Home Secretary RK Singh on Tuesday came under Congress fire over his allegations that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde interfered with IPL betting probe, with party leaders questioning the "opportunistic" and "low" behaviour of the officer.

Party general secretary Digvijay Singh claimed Singh, now a BJP member, had tried to get a post-retirement position from UPA.

"Shocked at the opportunistic behaviour of RK Singh, ex HS. Why did he not bring this to the notice of the Cabinet Secretary or the PM ?

"Is it not a fact that he tried to get a post-retirement position from UPA ? Is it not a fact that he had approached Nitish (Kumar) for a position?," Singh said on Twitter.

Tweeting that the charges levelled by the former Home Secretary are "extremely serious" and "shocking", Singh said, "if he kept quiet, then he is guilty also of not fulfilling his assigned responsibility."

Noting that Shinde is a seasoned politician and has held responsible positions in the state and at the Centre, the Congress leader said such "false charges" by an ex Home Secretary are condemnable.

Attacking Singh over the allegations, Union Minister Manish Tewari also questioned why the bureaucrat had not spoken up earlier.

Tewari criticised what he said was a tendency after retirement among bureaucrats to speak out against their former bosses.

"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 told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

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