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Bassi jaisa koi nahin: A career marked with controversies

A look at BS Bassi’s pitted career as the commissioner of Delhi police. Bassi hands over charge on March 1 to IPS officer, Alok Verma.

delhi Updated: Feb 18, 2016 16:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi (right) will handover his charge to Alok Verma (left) on March 1. Alok Verma is a 1979 batch IPS officer of the Union Territories cadre.

New Delhi will have a new commissioner of police come March 1. Senior IPS officer Alok Verma takes over from BS Bassi, arguably the most controversial man in the city at the moment.

Here is a look at Bassi’s pockmarked career:


Clash with Delhi chief minister: Bassi was the first police commissioner to have a major face-off with the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Witch-hunt against AAP and Kejriwal: Bassi was accused of launching a witch hunt against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs and registering cases against its politicians. He had arrested many AAP MLAs during his tenure. The Kejriwal-led party alleged the action was taken at the Centre’s behest.

Using clout for personal gain: Accusing him of corruption, the Delhi government alleged Bassi used his position to help his brother usurp two properties. Bassi was also accused of undervaluing his property while selling it to his brother.

Kerala House beef controversy: Delhi police ‘raided’ the state government house based on a complaint that beef was being served in the canteen in October 2015. The incident was an embarrassment, with Bassi later stating the police action was not a raid but standard procedure in light of a security issue.

Read | Alok Verma to replace BS Bassi as police commissioner of Delhi

Trilokpuri riots: Though there were no deaths, police had to impose curfew in the East Delhi locality for several days after a group of Hindus and Muslims clashed over Diwali celebrations in October 2014. The area was manned by personnel from the police, Rapid Action Force and Central Reserve Police Force.

Death of farmer Gajendra Singh at Jantar Mantar: Delhi government accused police of being mute spectators while the farmer threatened to commit suicide in April 2015. The case is yet to be solved.

Arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar: Many believe the arrest was unwarranted. Kanhaiya Kumar has been charged with sedition and criminal conspiracy.

Sunanda Pushkar murder case: A murder case was registered more than a year after Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a hotel room in January 2014. The case is yet to be solved.

Rap for crimes against women: The state government accused Bassi of failing to control crimes against women. The Delhi Commission for Women had pulled him up for the murder of 19-year-old Meenakshi in Anand Parbat area in July 2015.

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First Published: Feb 18, 2016 16:32 IST