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Sushilkumar Shinde unfit to be home minister: Former home secretary

New Delhi, Jan 14 : Former home secretary R.K. Singh Tuesday accused Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde of interfering in the investigations of Delhi Police into IPL betting and said the minister was not fit for the portfolio.

He said Shinde is "unfit to be home minister".

Singh, who has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the Delhi Police informed him that Shinde had told them not to interrogate a businessman regarding the IPL betting scandal.

"I was informed by the Delhi Police commissioner that a businessman was to be interrogated. And this fellow (Shinde) said he should not be interrogated," he told NDTV.

He also hit out at Shinde for his remarks that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim would be arrested with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the US.

"What the home minister has said is baseless. He (Dawood) is in Pakistan under the protection of Pakistani agencies and it is not possible Pakistan would allow us to arrest him," he said.

Asked if he was raising the issues after joining the BJP, Singh said his differences with Shinde started within months of his joining as home secretary.

"The differences did not start when I joined the BJP. These started within a month or two of my joining. Shinde went on complaining everywhere that I was not listening to him," Singh said.

Asked to compare Shinde with his predecessor P. Chidambaram, he said the latter was "100 times better".

--IANS (Posted on 14-01-2014)

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