Former IPS officer and Mumbai police Chief Satya Pal Singh is lucky to secure a berth in the Union cabinet although there was a delay of three years. A 1980-batch IPS officer, Singh was expecting to be inducted after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the reins in May 2014.
Modi give him a chance in Sunday’s reshuffle in view of his performance in the Lok Sabha and his work as police chief in Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. A scholar of Vedic science and Sanskrit, Singh sprang a surprise when he approached then state home minister R R Patil on January 31, 2014, saying he had submitted his resignation to the home secretary and that it should be accepted immediately.
Even before Patil could take a call on the resignation letter, he received a message from the NCP high command that Singh’s resignation should be accepted with immediate effect. Initially, Patil did not understand why Singh resigned in a hurry, but he got his answer after Singh joined the BJP in the presence of then BJP chief Rajnath Singh, then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Singh successfully contested the Lok Sabha polls from his home town Baghpat against Ajit Singh. But when Singh was preparing to contest the general election, intelligence agencies at the Centre and the state were in dark on his political plans.