Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday reacted strongly to Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal calling cops “thullas”, a slang mostly used in and around the national capital. “I refuse to believe the chief minister could have used such a word, but if he has, it is very unfortunate and derogatory,” Bassi said.
It was a no-holds barred Kejriwal in an hour-long exclusive interview with India Today Group Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, who made the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader respond to a diverse set of questions ranging from his controversial TV ad campaign to his face-off with the Centre over the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) controversy.
One of the principal points of conflict between the Anti-Corruption Branch
and the Centre is over the control of the Delhi Police, which the AAP leader, since his first 49-day stint in the national capital two years ago, wants to come under the control of the city government. That demand is also part of Kejriwal’s argument towards making Delhi a full state, a plank he is now pursuing aggressively with plans to hold a referendum on it in future.
Responding to a question on the ACB row, Kejriwal, who has often accused the Centre of tying its hands over the law and order question, said, “These people want that even if a thulla (cop) is caught demanding money from the street vendors, we can’t try him.”
Kejriwal claimed the Centre changed the leadership of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) overnight because the BJP feared the Delhi government’s anti-graft body was going to act against a Cabinet minister in the Narendra Modi government. “The BJP feared that the ACB was trying to frame a Cabinet minister. The Centre’s move was aimed at pre-empting our move,” the 46-year-old leader said.