RK Singh failed to depose against Shinde in fixing scam

However, he could find time to appear before the Supreme Court-appointed committee on spot and match fixing in IPL, citing lack of time.

Singh not coming to present himself before the committee headed by former Punjab & Haryana chief justice Mukul Mudgal has been recorded in the IPL Probe Committee report on the allegations of betting and spot/match fixing in IPL season 6. Other members of the committee are Additional Solicitor General N Nageswar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta.

‘RK Singh, a former Home Secretary who had made a public statement that the Hon’ble Home Minister had stalled investigations into the allegations of IPL match fixing was asked to appear before this committee but declined to do so citing lack of time’, the probe committee has recorded it in its report which has been submitted to the Supreme Court.

In a startling revelation  Singh had claimed that Shinde shielded a Mumbai-based businessman in a match-fixing case. He had said that he was informed by the Delhi Police Commissioner about an interrogation which was suspended after Shinde intervened. After Singh’s claims, his party BJP had demanded a probe into the charges levelled against Shinde by Singh, while Shinde’s Congress party had said that Singh was just trying to gain media space by levelling such allegations after his retirement from the post of Home Secretary.

Reacting on his non-appearance before the committee, Singh told this newspaper, ‘It was at a very short notice. I had to appear before the committee the very next day and I was away in Bihar meeting people. That was the reason I could not make it to the committee’.

The committee also came down heavily on Mumbai police for not willing to investigate involvement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and for protecting lots of persons involved in the betting syndicate. It said that Influx of hawala money and involvement of terrorist elements in betting and fixing of sports is causing serious threat to national security. It also recommended for a complete ban on post-match parties, BCCI being given access to players’ bank accounts and registration of agents and managers of cricketers.
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