Taking exception to claims by a study that the Delhi police was the most corrupt, city’s top cop B S Bassi said on Tuesday he will quit if chief minister Arvind Kejriwal proves that he is involved in corruption.
“I will resign from my post if the Chief Minister proves that I am involved in corruption,” said Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi.
His comments come in the wake of Kejriwal’s tweets citing a new survey on corruption, that Delhi police was the most corrupt. Earlier in the day, Bassi advised the AAP government to focus on its “own work” and let the police do theirs.
“The six ministers in the AAP government are facing a tough time fighting corruption; so, they have a lot of work to do,” he said, adding that “the government should focus on its own work and let the police do theirs”.
Citing the CMS survey, Kejriwal stepped up the attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he should “stop being stubborn” and hand over Delhi Police and the Anti-Corruption Branch to AAP government.
“Shocking findings CMS survey 2day-Del police (under Modiji n his LG) most corrupt- scathing attack on Modiji’s capbilities n intentions (sic).
“Modi ji stop being stubborn, work with us. Hand over ACB and police to Delhi Government. We will deliver in a year,” the Chief Minister said in a series of tweets.
In an interview to a television channel on Monday, Bassi said that Kejriwal himself has not been able to keep his cabinet free of corruption.
“Delhi police, with 85,000 personnel under it, ensures that the department is corruption free and in cased where officials were found involved in corruption, we have dismissed them and even lodged cases against them,” Bassi said.
“He (the CM) is running a cabinet and he must have realised that it is very difficult to even keep six cabinet members free of corruption,” he said, adding that it now appears that the man who was determined to end corruption has failed to do so with regard to his own cabinet.
Referring to the AAP Government’s proposal to set up a parallel police system, Bassi called it “unconstitutional” and a “laughable claim”, adding that such ideas reflect inadequate knowledge of law of the land.