Ex-home secy who slammed Shinde wanted a job after retirement, says Digvijaya

Singh was the only home secretary in recent years who was not considered for a post-retirement assignment by the government.

New Delhi | Published:January 15, 2014 3:27 am
R K Singh, who retired in June 2013, joined the BJP last month, saying he shared the party’s “hardline orientation on national security issues”.  PTI R K Singh, who retired in June 2013, joined the BJP last month, saying he shared the party’s “hardline orientation on national security issues”. PTI

Hours after former home secretary R K Singh levelled a series of charges against Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said Singh had lobbied with the UPA for a post-retirement job, and had sent “feelers” to him.

R K Singh, who retired in June 2013, joined the BJP last month, saying he shared the party’s “hardline orientation on national security issues”. His accusations against Shinde, made over Monday and Tuesday, included the charge that the minister had misled the country about the US helping to bring back Dawood Ibrahim, and that his office had interfered in transfers and postings of Delhi Police officers.

On Tuesday evening, Digvijaya Singh told The Indian Express: “He (R K Singh) didn’t meet me, but there were feelers coming through that he is angling for some post-retirement post in Delhi.” Digvijaya Singh did not say which post R K Singh was allegedly eyeing, but other sources in the Congress claimed he had wanted to be Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.

Digvijaya Singh said these days, “bureaucrats after retiring suddenly develop political ambitions”. A cooling-off period for them “could be considered”, he said.

Ironically, it was Shinde who had backed the then home secretary in the face of loud demands for his sacking in the aftermath of the December 16, 2012 Delhi bus gangrape.

At a meeting of senior Congress ministers in Parliament, it was suggested that R K Singh be removed, but Shinde had let the officer, who was six months from retirement at the time, continue. The minister only registered a formal complaint with the cabinet secretary, asking him to pull up R K Singh.

Singh was the only home secretary in recent years who was not considered for a post-retirement assignment by the government. All his predecessors — G K Pillai, Madhukar Gupta, V K Duggal — still continue to be offered jobs. Shinde had announced the name of Singh’s successor — Anil Goswami — two months in advance.

At the fag end of his tenure, Singh had attempted to mend fences with the home minister, naming terror accused with alleged links to the RSS. This came after Shinde, speaking at the Jaipur plenary of the Congress, accused the BJP and RSS of running terror camps.

Singh, a Bihar cadre IAS officer, shot to fame when, as district magistrate, he arrested L K Advani in Samastipur during the 1990 Rath Yatra. A couple of years earlier, Singh had received accolades for overthrowing the mafia as managing director of the Bihar State Cooperative Marketing Union (Biscomaun).

Singh worked at the union home ministry during the NDA government from 1999-2004. He served in Bihar for the next five years, before being picked by Defence Minister A K Antony to head the department of defence production in 2009. He became union home secretary after G K Pillai retired in 2011.

After Shinde took over as home minister in August 2012, Singh sometimes took decisions without consulting him. Earlier that year, Singh had triggered a controversy after reportedly telling state bureaucrats called to discuss the NCTC not to be “stenographers” of politicians.

On Tuesday, Digvijaya Singh tweeted, “Shocked at the Opportunistic behaviour of RK Singh ex HS [home secretary]. Why did he not bring this [Shinde’s alleged interference in the work of the Delhi Police] to the notice of 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 approached Nitish (Kumar) for a position?

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

Shinde, Digvijaya tweeted, was a politician who had held several responsible positions, and “such false charges by an ex HS are condemnable”.

I&B Minister Manish Tewari described as “extremely unfortunate” the “very pernicious tendency of bureaucrats after retirement trying to make allegations in order to occupy media space”. To “shoot from the hips” after joining a political party was “really low”, Tewari said.

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, on the other hand, said, “After inquiry if he (Shinde) is found to have intervened as there is contemporaneous evidence of home secretary saying so, he must be sacked. He has no political, moral or legal authority to remain as the home minister even for a moment.”

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. D
    DR RAMANUJA
    Jan 15, 2014 at 7:41 am
    Digvijaysing in the political situation you act like a person in the circus. If you think that person is wrong just say so. Are you there to fulfill the dream of Of extinguish ing 125 year old congress .
    Reply
    1. T
      Tripurari Shiva
      Jan 14, 2014 at 10:55 pm
      Both are guilty and should be investigated.
      Reply
      1. T
        Tripurari Shiva
        Jan 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm
        This is a very serious charge. It should be investigated thoroughly and if the charge does not stick, R K Singh should be made accountable for the allegation.
        Reply
        1. A
          Anil
          Jan 15, 2014 at 7:22 am
          And Home Minister is the repository of all jobs.
          Reply
          1. A
            abcxyz
            Jan 15, 2014 at 10:27 am
            Is is surprising how Mr Singh knows that the Ex Home Secy wanted a JOB. Was Mr Singh approached to help in this? Is looking for an opportunity to work so BAD. If thats so then what about all the other retired Bureaucrats who got JOBs from the Congress Govt. Did the Govt approach them for some skills that they only had or is there something else?
            Reply
            1. S
              Subodh
              Jan 15, 2014 at 5:35 am
              Please comment whether RK Singh's allegation is true or not? Digvijay Singh is just trying to divert the subject.
              Reply
              1. P
                PN
                Jan 15, 2014 at 7:13 am
                why don't you first have the investigation instead of giving these stu... explanations. we need to know the truth on the allegations - don't just dismiss it outright
                Reply
                1. l
                  leo-7 watching
                  Jan 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm
                  IF MR SINGH FEELS THAT THE HOME SECRETARY WAS WRONG AND THE IAS OFFICER WAS SUPPOSED TO WAG HIS TAIL HE BETTER RECOMMEND THAT A COLONIAL SERVICE LIKE IAS BE ABOLISHED 65 YEARS AFTER INDEPENDANCE BECAUSE EXCEPT A FEW DURGA SHAKTIS , ALPHONSOS ,BHATIAS THE BULK OF CIVIL SERVICE OFFICERS ARE RENT SEEKERS , CORRUPT , AND JOIN HAND IN GLOVES WITH CORRUPT POLITCANS. LALU PRASAD CRIMINALISED THE BIHAR OFFICERS . IT IS GOOD TO SEE A BIHARI HOME SECRETARY SPILLING THE BEANS OF INDIAS WEAKEST. UNDESERVING HOME MINISTER A CHAIR ONCE OCCUPIED BY THE FORMIDABLE SARDAR PATEL.
                  Reply
                  1. Load More Comments