The policeman in union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde came back to hit out at his former secretary by ordering 12 paramilitary jawans, posted at Singh’s residence, to immediately report back to their respective organisations.
The move came within days of bureaucrat-turned-BJP leader R K Singh attacking Shinde by accusing him of shielding a businessman close to Dawood Ibrahim in the IPL match-fixing case and lying to the public for securing assurance from the FBI to net the underworld don.
On his part, Shinde refused to be drawn in the controversy when asked to respond to Singh’s accusation.
“I no longer consider the retired bureaucrat a former home secretary but see him as a politician and BJP man. His allegations are political in nature. I will not react to his allegations,” said Shinde.
Singh was allowed to retain personal staff after his retirement and they used to perform sundry duties including taking care of his six big canines and other domestic chores, sources said. As per rules, retired bureaucrats are not allowed to retain personal staff. “The personal staff has been removed as per the norms. There’s no rule to use country’s resources meant for law and duty to guard a former bureaucrat. Although Mr Singh doesn’t carry any threat perception, the Delhi Police will continue to guard him,” said an official.
The ministry is also expected to take back the accommodation located at posh New Moti Bagh that was provided to Singh after his retirement. Post-retirement bureaucrats are given a residence for a period of six months to relocate.