“His (RK Singh) accusations are baseless and are politically motivated,” Shinde told media.

This is the first public response made by the Home Minister after Singh alleged that Shinde had interfered in the probe into betting scam in IPL and prevented Delhi Police from questioning a businessman close to India's most-wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim.

In his interview to TV channels, Singh had claimed that Delhi Police was stopped by Shinde from questioning a Mumbai-based businessman, who is said to have "some kind of links" with Dawood Ibrahim, in connection with the betting in Indian Premier League, a T-20 cricketing tournament.

Singh also attacked Shinde, saying that he is not fit to be the Home Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram is "100 times better" than him.

"Singh is now a political man. His allegations are political in nature. He is now with BJP. I do not see him as a former home secretary but as a BJP man. I will not react to his allegations," he told reporters here.
    
Singh joined BJP in December of last year and may contest the Lok Sabha polls from Bihar.
    
Shinde said his Congress party and ministerial colleagues had already reacted to Singh's allegations.

Congress has questioned the "opportunistic" and "low" behaviour of the officer.
    
Party general secretary Digvijay Singh claimed that the former home secretary had tried to get a post-retirement position from UPA.
    
"Shocked at the opportunistic behaviour of RK Singh, ex HS. Why did he not bring this to the notice of the 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 had approached Nitish (Kumar) for a position?," Digvijay had said on Twitter.
    
I&B Minister Manish Tewari, too, has asked why the bureaucrat had not spoken up earlier.
    
Tewari criticized what he said was a tendency after retirement among bureaucrats to speak out against their former bosses.
    
"I think it is extremely unfortunate. You have this very pernicious tendency of bureaucrats after retirement trying to make allegations in order to occupy media space," Tewari had said.
    
If Singh, or anybody else, was really so concerned, then why was not the matter put on record while they were in service, Tewari had asked.

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