Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, who is facing a lot of flak for his handling of the JNU row and the eventual clashes at the Patiala House Court complex, today fell for a parody Twitter account of NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar and responded to it. This was reportedly the second time in a fortnight that the Delhi police chief has mistaken a parody account on Twitter for a verified one.
His response to a tweet from Ravish’s parody account was seen as a defence of his handling of the JNU crisis. Tagging CM Arvind Kejriwal, who has been a stout critic of the Delhi police chief, Bassi wrote, “Committed to CONSTITUTION, NATION & TRUTH. SelfStyled Appraisers may better introspect.”
— BS Bassi (@BhimBassi) February 20, 2016
Bassi was trolled by people on Twitter after his faux pas. Even though the parody account of Ravish Kumar is very much active in posting tweets, the journalist, who has a verified account, has not been seen on Twitter since August last year.
Also ironically, Bassi was lambasted for linking the JNU controversy to a fake tweet of Hafiz Saeed, the chief of terrorist organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa, in which the latter was seen exhorting students of JNU to raise anti-national slogans.
Bassi, over the week, has been criticised for not taking action against a group of lawyers who attacked journalists and teachers of JNU at a hearing at the Patiala House Courts complex. The attack was recorded on television cameras when Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNUSU president, against whom sedition charges have been filed, was brought for hearing at the court. The next day, the same set of lawyers attacked Kanhaiya when he was brought for a second hearing at the court. Both times, Delhi police officers were critiqued for not doing anything to avert the attack. Bassi, on his part, has dismissed those allegations.
There were also reports that Bassi, initially shortlisted for the post of chief of Central Information Commission after his retirement later this month, was dropped after the Congress party mounted opposition to the move.