New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi is in no mood to go quietly into his retirement. Last Thursday, at a specially-held meeting, he lashed out at senior officers for failing to curb corruption within the force.
According to sources, there are at least five district Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCsP) and few young officers who are under the scanner of the top brass. Though Bassi didn’t take any names, he warned his officers that he would take action against the corrupt ones before he retires.
Sources say the Delhi Police is expecting a major reshuffle at the mid-level after the Republic Day celebrations.
According to a senior official, who attended the meeting but did not wish to be named, Bassi said the top brass has been receiving information about corruption at the additional DCsP and DCP levels since the last few months. Officials claim this was the first time Bassi came down so hard on senior officials.
“Bassi started his speech on a stern note, and without mincing words, said even now he has been noticing that female complainants have to run from one police station to another to get cases registered. He told officers either they have not briefed their staff or they are simply being careless,” the official said.
Bassi also said even after strict orders to not do so, he has been receiving complaints that police officers are visiting various construction sites and demanding bribes. Additional DCPs and DCP-level officials are also involved in this. “This was the trigger point for Bassi. He told DCPs either they have not briefed SHOs, or their staff is not under their control,” a special commissioner rank official told.
“The top brass of the Delhi police has got to know that few officials are directly or indirectly involved in corruption. Last Thursday, all officials got the CP’s message that he will not tolerate any form of corruption within the force even on the last day of his tenure. In the almost two-hour long briefing, he focused mainly on the issue of corruption,” the official added.
Later, Bassi reportedly changed his tone and went on to praise the good work done by Delhi Police officials. According to our sources, Bassi praised tech savviness of the Delhi Police. Almost a day after the meeting, an additional DCP was transferred by Bassi. “This transfer was rather unexpected as Bassi transferred the official over wireless and only later was a transfer order issued. A 2009-batch official, who was posted as an additional DCP at a district, was replaced by a 2011-batch IPS officer,” sources said.
Sources say even though the reason behind this transfer is uncertain, more transfers are in the pipeline. It is likely that some transfers will be done at the mid-level and a fresh list of SHOs is also expected, our sources said. “Some officers have asked for transfers but they have not made any official representation in front of the top brass. It is expected that few officers will be transferred soon but the CP has little time left. Also, before the Republic Day no major reshuffle is possible,” sources said.