land approvals. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad in a press conference on Sunday did not however name Singh and others, but apparently referred to that official only, as Prasad said a retired Haryana IAS of additional secretary rank was made a member of UPSC because he was handling land issues in the state government. Prasad said, only secretary-ranked retired officers or academics of distinguished career are usually made members of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), a government agency that recruits top government officers of the country, thereby questioning the appointment of a retired additional secretary-ranked officer.
Singh, a 1980 batch IAS, was an influential officer of Haryana cadre and had served as principal secretary to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The BJP leader did not name any official, fearing that it might shift the focus away from Vadra whose wife Priyanka has been regularly targeting BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, as she was campaigning in Gandhi pocket boroughs of Amethi and Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh.
But BJP spokesperson said that land deals involving Vadra were a “textbook case of corruption and crony capitalism under state patronage.” The Congress has said, there is nothing new in the allegations which were already dismissed by courts, and also termed the release of the video as a cheap publicity stunt.