New Delhi | Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi today met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and explained to him steps being taken to improve security for women, amid AAP government’s persistent demand to hand over control of the force to it. Kejriwal had summoned Bassi after the gruesome murder of a 19-year old girl in Anand Parbat area, holding that the law- and-order situation in the city has deteriorated significantly.
Sources said the Chief Minister’s Office had asked Bassi to bring a list of pending cases of crime against women, status of the cases filed as well as details of the SHOs who have not been transferred despite completing their terms. Bassi was also asked to bring a list of beat constables and list of inspectors who were never made SHOs.
Ahead of the meeting with Kejriwal, Bassi called on Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. Police is always accountable towards the system and not to any individual. We are answerable to the government and through it to Parliament, Bassi told reporters after meeting Jung.
AAP has been at loggerheads with Delhi Police over a number of issues and the party has stepped up its attack against it after arrest of its two MLAs. It has been accusing Delhi Police of bias against it saying its MLAs are being targeted under political pressure.
Bassi had yesterday said he will try to dispel misconceptions about functioning of his force during his meeting with Kejriwal.
Ahead of his meeting with Chief Minister who has alleged deteriorating law and order situation in the city, Bassi said police was accountable towards the system instead of any individual.
The Chief Minister has asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to meet him today to discuss law and order situation in the national capital, in the wake of the gruesome murder of 19-year-old girl in central Delhi. The victim Meenakshi was allegedly stabbed to death last week by two brothers living in her neighbourhood for protesting their verbal abuse.
Referring to a complaint against Kejriwal by a constable over the former’s alleged use of a derogatory word in describing cops, Bassi said the term was unacceptable but the offence was non-cognizable. So we have not registered any FIR.
Would not like to advice anyone on his personal views and assertions. I take criticism in the right spirit, even if its is wrong, because only getting praised may give rise to ego. We abide by the Constitution, IPC, CrPC and relevant laws so no attack on us matter when we abide by the law, he said.
On AAP’s demand for bringing Delhi Police under the city government, Bassi had said there is no need for any changes in its current administrative structure. Currently, Delhi Police functions directly under administrative control of Home Ministry.
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