It was Commissioner B S Bassi’s last at-home reception of the Raising Day Ceremony of Delhi Police. And Bassi, under fire for the assault on journalists and JNU students outside Patiala House Courts, is not likely to forget it in a hurry, as he heads towards retirement on February 29.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia skipped the reception even as he grappled with events unfolding at the court and the Supreme Court saying JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s safety is his responsibility.
For the host of the ‘at-home’ this was underway barely an hour before the event was to begin at 4.15 pm at 17, Mother Teresa Cresent. Bassi was the last to arrive, save President Pranab Mukherjee. Bassi hurried into the reception at 5.15 pm and made for an enclosure where VIPs awaited him. The President left, spending less than 30 minutes at the reception, and it was not long before other leaders bid their goodbyes to Bassi.