Delhi top cop dares Kejriwal for public debate

Friday, Jul 24, 2015,18:52 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A day after his asserting that the Centre was not interfering in the working of police, Police Commissioner BS Bassi today said he was willing to have a public debate with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue.
In an interview to a TV channel, Mr Bassi also opposed the demand that Mr Kejriwal bring the Delhi Police under the control of the Delhi government.
”Let people judge our role. I am willing to have a public debate (with Mr Kejriwal),” Mr Bassi said in the interview.
Terming the demand of Mr Kejriwal to bring the Delhi Police under control of the state government unreasonable, Mr Bassi said, ”Mr Kejriwal’s policing demand is unreasonable. How will the police work or crackdown on crime if we keep on suspending policemen.”
In this context, he pointed out that a commission report by Justice G D Khosla  had also pitched for more power to the Police Commissioner.
He also described the recent advertisement by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slamming the Delhi Police for its inaction in the Anand Parbat case as misleading. ”It is very easy to blame the functioning of the force but it is very difficult to operate it. Mr Kejriwal is playing politics on these issues,” Mr Bassi said.
Hitting back at the top cop, the AAP said, ”He should forget about a debate. Instead he should give us a stand.
He has no time for people. If we want to have an appointment with him, he will not give us. How can he say that he will debate on these issues.”
The BJP on the other side supported the Police Commissioner that they were ready for Bassi’s call. ”Let the truth come out in the open,” they said.