Refusing to give in to the Chief Minister’s demand to bring the Delhi Police under the Delhi government, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday asked Arvind Kejriwal to maintain the dignity of his office.
“He should maintain the dignity of the chair of chief minister and wait till the judicial probe is completed. After all, he is a Chief Minister…, (which is) a high post. He should cooperate,” he said.
Hours later, Shinde met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But the outcome of the meeting was not clear.
Saying that the Centre will not hand over Delhi Police to the state government, Shinde said, “Ordering a judicial inquiry means fixing of responsibility in an impartial manner. There is no interference in the probe. The Lt-Governor has made it clear that the probe will be expedited. After the December 16 case, we have said there should be Section 144 CrPC always in Vijay Chowk and nearby areas. If they want to protest, they should go to Jantar Mantar.”
Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said his officers were in touch with Kejriwal and his party members. “My officers are taking stock of the situation. I cannot say till when we will allow the protesters to assemble there…”
Asked if police would remove the protesters before the Republic Day celebrations, Bassi said appropriate action would be taken.
On his decision not to suspend the four police officers as demanded by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said police had already clarified their stand. “We have already said what we had to. The inquiry is being conducted by a judge. Let’s wait till that is over.”
On the FIR registered over the alleged beating up of Ugandan women in Khirki Extension, Bassi said the investigation would be conducted on merit. Asked if Law Minister Somnath Bharti would be questioned, he said, “I cannot say who will be questioned at the moment. Our investigation will be on merit.”