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Delhi top cop faces heat for Shinde house break-in

Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 17, 2013
First Published: 01:46 IST(17/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:06 IST(17/4/2013)

Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar may be in trouble as an angry home minister has ordered a probe and wants responsibility fixed for the April 10 security breach at his official residence in the Capital.

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Sushilkumar Shinde was visiting Russia when four busloads of Jat protesters not only entered his Krishna Menon Marg residence in the high-security zone of the Capital but also tried to ransack it.

On his return on April 13, Shinde asked additional secretary Khurshid Ganai to look into failure of the Delhi Police to act though they knew of the protesters' plan.

Ganai has a week to submit his report and there is a strong possibility that some heads may role.

The Delhi Police, unlike other state forces, are directly under the home ministry.

The probe comes at a time when three secretary-level officials have been short-listed to succeed home secretary RK Singh, who like Kumar, retires on June 30.

The minister is not too happy with Singh also, as his press statements have landed the government in a spot on more than one occasion.

The minster also feels let down by Singh's handling of the Delhi gang-rape case and several faux pas in Parliament.

There is talk of 1977-batch UT cadre officer Bhim Sain Bassi succeeding Kumar, though latter is unlikely to be removed as he has only two months of service left.

It is learnt that one of the short-listed officers will be appointed as officer on special duty at the end of this month to succeed Singh.

The three secretaries are PK Sinha (shipping), Anil Goswami (social justice) and DRS Chaudhary (steel).

The front runner of the home secretary's job appears to be 1977-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre officer Dileep Chaudhary.

The minister is upset with the Delhi Police bosses for many reasons.

A joint press conference held by Singh and Kumar after the gang rape triggered angry protests in Delhi.

The recent heckling of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and manhandling of her finance minister, too, is being seen as a police failure.

The arrest of alleged Kashmiri militant Liaquat Shah, which has pitted Centre against the Jammu and Kashmir government has not gone down well with Shinde either.


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