The Aam Aadmi Party Wednesday demanded that Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi be removed from his post for allegedly citing an irrelevant law while conducting a police “raid” on Kerala House for serving “beef”. The party also sought an impartial probe by the home ministry into the Delhi Police’s role in the incident.
“The Delhi Police Commissioner is making a desperate attempt to justify the illegal and indefensible raid by Delhi Police at Kerala House, despite the fact that it had no power to do so under the law being cited by him. Over that, he has the cheek to misguide people by citing a law which is not even relevant. Bassi has no business to continue in his post. He should either resign or be sacked,” senior AAP leader Ashutosh told reporters outside Kerala House. “The party demands an impartial probe by the Home Ministry into the Delhi police’s role in the issue.”
AAP leaders Raghav Chadha and Somnath Bharti, in-charge of the party’s Kerala unit, visited Kerala House Wednesday noon with Ashutosh and addressed a press conference outside its premises. “Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act says in such matters the competent authority to investigate, search premises or seize is director, animal husbandry of Delhi government’s health department…,” explained Chadha. “This makes it absolutely clear that Delhi Police had no power to enter the Kerala House premises.”
Asked if the Delhi government will investigate the matter, Ashutosh said, “The Delhi government will act when there is information that something illegal is taking place. We believe nothing illegal or unlawful is taking place here. Cow meat is illegal and so is spreading a rumour that buffalo meat is cow meat.”