Former Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi was Tuesday appointed as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Bassi’s appointment to the job, which is a constitutional post with a tenure of five years, came three months after he retired as the capital’s top cop.
Bassi’s last months in office as the Delhi Police Commissioner had seen tension between the police and the Delhi government spill out in the open, with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and the police officer taking potshots at each other. He was criticised both by AAP and Congress for police action during the JNU row, including the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.
Reacting to Bassi’s appointment, AAP said that the former top cop was “obliged” for being a “senior BJP spokesperson.”
“Appointment is the prerogative of the government. This has become clear on whose instructions Mr Bassi was working and he has been obliged. The AAP has been saying very categorically that Mr Bassi was acting as the senior spokesperson of the BJP. So his appointment with the UPSC as a member proves the fact that he was and is the senior spokesperson of the BJP, which is why he has been appointed,” said AAP leader Ashutosh.
A 1977-batch IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, Bassi will hold the new post till February, 2021. Under the Constitution, a member of the UPSC can have a maximum tenure of six years or till he attains the age of 65 years.
Alka Sirohi, David R Syiemlieh, Manbir Singh, former Navy Vice Chief D K Dewan, Vinay Mittal, Chhatar Singh, Prof Hem Chandra, Arvind Saxena and Prof Pradeep Kumar Joshi are other members of the UPSC, which is headed by Deepak Gupta as its chairman.
The members of the commission are mainly experts drawn from various streams which include the IAS, IPS and other all India services.
The UPSC had former CBI director A P Singh as one of its members, representing the IPS. However, after his name was linked to controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi, he tendered his resignation in January 2015.