Delhi Police has done everything right, says Police Chief BS Bassi

In an exclusive chat, outgoing top cop BS Bassi while defending his force's actions on the JNU row, says his tenure as Delhi Police Chief has been fun and extremely satisfying

New Delhi: Outgoing Delhi Police commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi has termed his tenure during the Modi-led central government and Kejriwal’s Delhi government as "fun". On the penultimate working day as the chief of the Delhi Police force, the controversial top cop said, while exclusively speaking to mid-day, "It was great fun and I am extremely satisfied."

Delving into several issues from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) controversy to the national capital territory’s law and order issue, Bassi said that he is a content man and has no regrets.

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Delving into several issues from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) controversy to the national capital territory’s law and order issue, Bassi said that he is a content man and has no regrets.
Delving into several issues from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) controversy to the national capital territory’s law and order issue, Bassi said that he is a content man and has no regrets.

Police is right
He said, "The Delhi Police’s actions raised [against] certain individuals [were] based on merit and mandated by law and have been misconstrued and have been differently projected. Motivated allegations born out of vendetta were least expected by us in Delhi Police. These [things] are extremely dangerous for the functioning of our democratic institutions. Delhi Police has done everything right."

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The ongoing JNU sedition case has also rocked the ongoing budget session of the parliament. Bassi said, "The JNU episode is extremely unfortunate. An unwarranted controversy has been generated by certain quarters. Action of police under Section 124 was based on merit and investigation. Therefore, it [the reaction] is just unfair."

No comparison
Speaking about his sour relationship with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bassi said, "It was very unfortunate that Kejriwal has not fully appreciated the functional autonomy of the Delhi Police in the scheme of things, which enables the police to function without any fear or favour."

When asked the difference between former CM Sheila Dikshit and present CM Kejriwal, Bassi said, "I don’t compare people. I only look for pluses."

Regarding the allegations of the Kejriwal government, which said the Delhi Police is biased towards AAP MLAs, Bassi said, "It is wrong to impute motives on the part of the police. Delhi Police is a fine police organisation set up under modern legislation, DP Act 1978 based on the recommendations of Justice GD Khosla commission in 1968 and works without fear or favour. It is the good fortune of Indian citizens, particularly Delhiites, that functioning of Delhi Police is not subject to any narrow extraneous pressures and local influences."

When asked about Kejriwal wanting to control the functioning of Delhi Police under him, Bassi said, "It will be unfortunate, because the present are definitely superior to the one which you are mentioning. The Delhi Police has successfully confronted various challenges and ensured safety and security of ordinary citizens."

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