Who will be the Next Delhi Police Commissioner after Bassi?

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Kejriwal BassiAs Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi retires on 28 February this year, there is much speculation as to who is going to replace him.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh two months ago citing, ‘Guidelines for transfer/posting of IAS/IPS of joint AGMU cadre, 2010’, laid down by the MHA itself but a response from the ministry is still awaited.

According to sources, the Centre has neither responded over this matter, nor made any attempts to involve the state in process of selection of Bassi’s successor.

In his letter, Kejriwal had drawn emphasis to the paragraph 9(i) of the guidelines framed by the MHA which states that “the transfer and posting of the chief secretary/administrator and the senior-most police officer in a state or a union territory may be decided with the approval of the home minister in consultation with chief ministers of states concerned.

As per the guidelines, a panel of three names can be suggested to the chief ministers of the states, who may convey their responses with reasons thereof on the panel within a period of 15 days. After considering the response received from the chief minister, the MHA may issue the orders for posting the chief secretary/administrator/ director general of police. In case no response is received within a period of 15 days, the MHA may decide the matter at its own level.

“The MHA should send a panel of three names to… allow him to convey his response on the names suggested by the Centre, Kejriwal said in the two-page letter,” Kejriwal said in the letter.