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Shinde is not fit to stay home minister

A volley of substantial allegations has now been leveled at the union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, including ones that point towards grave threats to the country’s national security itself, which the legislator is in charge of. If his name finding a place in the list of Adarsh housing society scamsters wasn’t enough, Shinde’s alleged links with the dreaded terrorist and the 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim have now surfaced, if the former home secretary R K Singh is to be believed. According to Singh, Shinde had regularly interfered in the workings of Delhi police and prevented them from interrogating a businessman accused in the IPL-6 match-fixing scam, citing the latter’s connections with the underworld don who is reportedly hiding in Pakistan at present. The latest allegations against Shinde, although brushed aside by the ruling Congress party at the Centre, nevertheless, strike a massive dent at the heart of the union minister’s moral and ethical grounds to carry on in the top post, particularly since the man at the helm of security affairs is the one rumoured to have compromising associations with those responsible for causing the deepest wounds in the nation’s body. If Shinde sided with Dawood and his aides in India, at least if allegations suggesting the same have surfaced in the public sphere, then an investigation must be carried out. But before that, the tainted minister must either resign himself or be sacked, since he is clearly unfit to remain in his post. Obviously, while it is needed that the matter be probed thoroughly, since Delhi Police had named Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel as the kingpins of IPL-6 match-fixing scandal, and had chargesheeted cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, it is the dreadful history of the terror-mongers that makes the allegations all the more severe.

While it is true that after the 1993 blasts, several arrests were made under the draconian TADA [Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act], including those who had unwittingly extended help or shelter to the perpetrators of the heinous crimes, a lot of water has flown over the head since then. That the most wanted don is probably enjoying succor of the Pakistani authorities is also known in the elite echelons of bureaucracy and intelligence agencies, but clearly the authorities are powerless to bring to book the notorious criminal. However, if one of the reasons why the officials of IB and Delhi Police have been reined in happens to be the union home minister’s associations with the country’s most wanted terrorist, then we do have a huge problem. The allegations by R K Singh pull the lid off the state-terror nexus, hinting at the evil entente between the protectors and predators, those responsible for providing the armour of security and those reported to have created massive chinks in it. While the ruling Congress regime has a penchant for sticking on to the post despite the government officer or minister’s name being tainted, the matter is way too delicate now to allow history to repeat itself. That Shinde had meddled in the affairs of Delhi Police and stopped them from following up the thread linking the IPL-6 scam to Dawood Ibrahim is indication enough that something is rotten in the state of home affairs.
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