Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi on Saturday hit out at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and a TV journalist terming them as “self-styled appraisers” following a tweet from a “parody account” ridiculing him.
Bassi was responding to a tweet that questioned his “commitment” towards the khaki and wondered whether his loyalty was for the uniform or “knickers”, a veiled reference to RSS.
Kejriwal had retweeted the twitter message critical of Bassi from the handle @raviishNDTV, which is not run by TV journalist Ravish Kumar.
“@ArvindKejriwal & @ravishndtv Committed to CONSTITUTION, NATION & TRUTH. SelfStyled Appraisers may better introspect,” Bassi tweeted in response.
The commissioner, who is set to retire on February 29, has been facing intense flak for Delhi Police’s alleged mishandling of the JNU row.
The tweet in Hindi that irked the police chief read “When Bassi says that his commitment is towards the khaki, then it’s not clear whether he is referring to the uniform or knicker.”
The last tweet from Kumar’s verified account was on August 22 last year. He had stopped tweeting over the “silence” of liberals against online abuse. Bassi tagging Kejriwal in his response assumes importance in the light of the persistent animosity between the two and the Chief Minister’s recent statements slamming police for “flouting” Supreme Court orders leading to violence inside court premises.