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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. Janata Party president Subraramanian Swamy today claimed that the businessman in question is Shahid Balwa, facing trial in the 2G scam. He added that he will move court if "Mr Shinde doesn't come out with proof to prove his innocence". The Congress has alleged that Singh has become a "Bharatiya Janata Party (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?" RK Singh, 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 has 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 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?

Around 50 pc voting in Karnataka bypolls

from IANS

Around 50 pc voting in Karnataka bypolls

Around 50 percent of over 3.6 million voters cast their ballots Wednesday in the bypolls for two Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka, an official said.


Mumbai gangrape: Politicians express shock

from IANS

Mumbai gangrape: Politicians express shock

Political leaders cut across party lines on Friday to condemn the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.

TDP MP N Harikrishna quits Rajya Sabha

from IBNLive

TDP MP N Harikrishna quits Rajya Sabha

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP N Harikrishna has resigned from the Rajya Sabha to protest against the formation of Telangana.

Harshvardhan, Vijay Goel eye CM post

from IBNLive

Harshvardhan, Vijay Goel eye CM post

An all-out factional war has broken out between Harshvardhan and Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, with both vying for the Chief Minister's post if the party comes to power.

Congress has 2 by-polls in Karnataka

from CNN-IBN

Congress has 2 by-polls in Karnataka

It is a crucial day for the Congress in Karnataka as by-polls began in Mandya and Bangalore Rural constituencies on Wednesday.

Social media can't help in elections: Tharoor

from PTI

Social media can't help in elections: Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said the platform alone cannot help win elections but gives new options of reaching out to public.

'Centre only worried about saving its chair'

from IBNLive

'Centre only worried about saving its chair'

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was neither concerned about the economy nor the falling rupee but only worried about saving its chair.