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Jan 15, 2014 at 12:35am IST

RK Singh vs Shinde: Ugly spat or serious security compromise?

New Delhi: CNN-IBN's interview with former Home Secretary RK Singh in which he alleged that Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde shielded a businessman close to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has triggered a political storm.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subraramanian Swamy on Tuesday claimed that the businessman in question is Shahid Balwa who is facing trial in the 2G scam. He said that he will move court if Shinde did not prove his innocence.

The Congress on the other hand alleged that Singh has become a "BJP agent" after having joined the party.

Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh tweeted, "Shocked at the opportunistic behaviour of RK Singh. Why did he not bring this to the notice of Cabinet Secretary or the PM? His charges are extremely serious and and if he kept quiet then he is guilty also of not fulfilling his assigned responsibility. Shocking!"

Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "If Mr RK Singh was really concerned why did he not put it on paper when he was in service? Why did he not articulate his concerns when he was in service? Why did he not meet the Cabinet secretary or the PM?"

The former Home Secretary, though, remains unfazed. In a fresh interview on Tuesday, he claimed that top authorities were informed about Shinde's interference in the Delhi Police's work. "To say that nobody knew of the differences is nonsense. Everyone in the government, from the principal secretary to the Cabinet secretary, knew of the differences," he said.

The BJP called for Shinde's resignation and an inquiry into the allegations.

The man in the eye of the storm, however, has refused to comment so far.

The Congress may question the timing of Singh's revelations but the Home Minister's silence is also deafening.

Is it just an ugly spat between a former bureaucrat and his political boss or has national security and police investigation indeed been compromised?

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