In new trouble for the Congress, its minister Sushil Kumar Shinde met Shahid Balwa, an accused in the 2G scam, at his office in New Delhi on Friday.
Balwa, the promoter of DB Realty, said that he met Shinde in connection with an old RTI application pending before the Home Ministry.
Shinde too confirmed the reports. “Yes, he met me. He wanted my intervention in some matter. I told him if enquiry is on against you, I can’t intervene. In any case, I told him to come back after 29th since I am leaving for my constituency now,” he said.
Balwa is out on bail in a serious corruption case and the Home Minister’s meeting with him may land the latter in a soup.
While there is no legal bar on such meetings, it would be morally incorrect on Shinde’s part to meet him, say experts.
Former Home Secretary RK Singh had alleged that Shinde saved Balwa in an IPL betting scam. “Shinde prevented Delhi Police from interrogating a businessman in the IPL match fixing case. Agencies suspect this businessman has links with underworld don Dawood,” Singh had alleged.