BS Bassi Out Of Central Information Commission List

Delhi Police chief B S Bassi, under fire for alleged mishandling JNU row, was on Friday (February 19) dropped from the list for the post of Information Commissioner in Central Information Commission by a selection panel led by the Prime Minister which has cleared three names. The decision to drop Bassi was taken amidst mounting pressure from Congress along with other opposition parties and civil society activists citing alleged inaction of Delhi Police as violent mob had beaten up journalists, teachers and students inside Patiala House Court complex during the hearing of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s case, official sources said. Meeting the six-week deadline set by Delhi High Court to fill vacancies in the transparency watchdog, the panel met here this morning in which various names were discussed. The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge at the Prime Minister’s South Block office here. Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh also attended the meeting as a special invitee. Sources said Kharge was against Bassi’s candidature, a stand made already clear by some of his party leaders. A 1977-batch IPS officer, Bassi, who is due to retire this month-end, was one of the applicants for the post of Information Commissioner. His name was shortlisted last November by a search committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha. There is a vacancy of three Information Commissioners against its total strength of 10. The names of candidates for all three vacancies were decided at today’s meeting, they said.

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