Today in New Delhi, India
Apr 20, 2019-Saturday
New Delhi
  • Humidity
  • Wind

Doesn’t matter to me not being considered for CIC post: Bassi

Organisers of campus rally accused of shouting anti-India slogans, charged with sedition.

JNU protests Updated: Feb 19, 2016 15:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Jawaharlal Nehru University,Kanhaiya Kumar,Umar Khalid
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi coming out after meeting from Prime Minister's office South Block in New Delhi on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. (Hindustan Times)

Delhi Police chief BS Bassi on Friday said that “it doesn’t matter” to him if he was not being considered for the post of information commissioner after his retirement at the end of this month.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Bassi told reporters in New Delhi when asked about reports that the government has dropped his name from the list of potential candidates for the top post at Central Information Commission (CIC).

The opposition, led by the Congress, has strongly objected to the government’s move to include Bassi in the list of candidates.

In fact, the Congress has been demanding his removal as Delhi Police commissioner over the alleged mishandling of JNU protests and violent incidents that followed.

The Delhi Police has come in for flak for slapping sedition charges against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

The force has also been criticized for the violence in the Patiala House Court on Monday and Wednesday when some slogan-shouting lawyers attacked JNU students and journalists.

Kanhaiya Kumar was also assaulted in the court even as Bassi has consistently denied this.

Bassi also said his department will soon arrest Jawaharlal Nehru University students wanted in connection with the sedition case for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during an event.

“We are on the right track. I am confident that we will arrest the absconders soon,” Bassi said.

The event was organised by a group of JNU students, including students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, a former Democratic Students Union (DSU) member and the main organiser of the event on February 9.

Khalid became the police’s target, soon after a city court sent Kumar to Tihar Jail. Kanhaiya was arrested on February 11 after police registered a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy against him. On February 12 he was remanded to police custody for three days. On February 17, the metropolitan magistrate sent him to 14 days judicial custody.

Kumar is facing sedition charges for allegedly organising an event commemorating 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where “anti-national” slogans were shouted. Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on Thursday, claiming a threat to his life in Tihar Jail.

Separate teams of the special cell, that primarily look into terror-related cases, and crime branch have also been roped in to trace and arrest Khalid and six other absconding students, including the daughter of CPI leader D Raja, at the earliest.

Earlier, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Kumar’s bail plea and asked him to approach the Delhi high court. The top court also asked Delhi Police to ensure security for Kumar’s advocates.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published: Feb 19, 2016 14:30 IST