R. K. Singh

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Raj Kumar Singh
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Arrah
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by Meena Singh
Personal details
Born (1952-12-20) 20 December 1952 (age 64)
Basbitti, Supaul, Bihar, India.
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Shiela Singh
Children

1 Son & 1 Daughter

Samir Singh and Shweta Singh
Residence Patna, Bihar

Raj Kumar Singh, IAS is a former Indian bureaucrat and a Member of the Indian Parliament since May 2014. Singh is a 1975 batch Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service officer and former Home Secretary of India.[1] On 30 October 1990, when district magistrate of Samastipur, he arrested L. K. Advani, a senior figure in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while Advani's Ram Rath Yatra was en route to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh from Somnath in Gujarat. The arrest was made by order of the Lalu Prasad Yadav government.[2]

There was speculation that Singh would contest from the Bihar constituencies of either Arrah or Supaul in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, though Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh objected to him contesting from Supaul.[3][4][5][6][7] On 13 December 2013, Singh joined the BJP.[8][9] He contested the election as a BJP candidate in Arrah, beating his nearest rival by a margin of over 135000 votes.[10][11][12]

Early life and career[edit]

R. K. Singh is a native of Supaul district in Bihar.[13] He was the district magistrate in East Champaran and Patna in the 1980s before joining the state home department in 1997. During the Nitish Kumar government's first term (2004–2009), Singh, as principal secretary in the road construction department, played an important role in improving the condition of roads in Bihar.[14][15] In the National Democratic Alliance-led government, the then Home Minister, Advani, selected Singh to work as joint secretary in the Home Ministry for five years from 1999 to 2004.[16] R.K.Singh was Union Home Secretary of India from 30 June 2011 to 30 June 2013,after that he retired from service.[17][18][19][20][21] In 2013, Singh was tipped to be adviser (infrastructure) in the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government,a post created through cabinet approval. However,he did not accepted the assignment.[22] Before his appointment as Union home Secretary, Union Defence Minister A. K. Antony had picked Singh to head the department of defence production in 2009 in view of his clean reputation.[23][24]

Disagreement on views in UPA-II Government[edit]

Singh was chosenby the then Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his efficiency and no-nonsense attitude. Known to be a tough taskmaster, Chidambaram got along well with Singh at a professional level. However, Singh had several run-ins with Chidambaram's successor, Sushilkumar Shinde, who was not happy with the home secretary's handling of the situation following the 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape.[25]

R.K. Singh after retirement also revealed Shinde's involvement in the IPL Spotfixing case and how Shinde had interfered in that investigation.Shinde also met the accused Shahid Balwa at his North Block office even after R.K. Singh's statements regarding Shinde's involvement in the IPL Spotfixing case[26]

Italian Marines case-Singh also accused the UPA government of making an exception for the marines since they were Italians.[27][28]

Ishrat Jahan case- R.K. Singh's assertion on Ishrat Jahan being a terrorist and IB officers wrongly prosecuted.[29]He also has stated that the Ishrat Jahan affidavit was changed due to political reasons by P.Chidambaram[30]

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References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Latest News Video : R. K. Singh incites people against Congress". Zeenews.india.com. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Retired home secretary RK Singh to be Bihar advisor". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nitish's A-team: Bihari babus show their mettle — Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
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  20. ^ Special Correspondent (25 June 2011). "R.K. Singh takes over as OSD, Home Ministry". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Special Correspondent (22 June 2011). "R.K. Singh likely to be next Home Secretary". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "BJP poaches Nitish aide". Telegraphindia.com. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ex-home secy who stopped Rath Yatra to join BJP". Hindustan Times. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Nishit Dholabhai (24 June 2011). "RK Singh to be home secy". Telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Delhi gang-rape: RK Singh demands death penalty for accused | Watch the video — Yahoo India". In.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Shinde meets 2G accused Shahid Balwa". http://www.hindustantimes.com/. 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2017-01-08.  External link in |newspaper= (help)
  27. ^ "RK Singh hits back at government over claims in Italian marines case - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  28. ^ "UPA unduly generous to Italian Marines". 
  29. ^ "Former Home Secretary RK Singh backs David Headley's claim on Ishrat Jahan | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2016-02-11. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  30. ^ "Ishrat Jahan affidavit changed due to political reasons: Former Home Secretary RK Singh | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2017-01-08.