Bhim Sain Bassi, a 1977 batch Indian Police Service officer, will be the next Police Commissioner of Delhi. He will replace Neeraj Kumar, who is due to retire this month-end.
Mr. Bassi is currently Special Commissioner (Administration) with the Delhi Police.
Known to be a man of few words, Mr. Bassi was incommunicado through the day and could not be reached for comments. But his family members were elated at his appointment, saying it was well deserved and thanked their well-wishers. “We hope that he lives up to the expectations of Delhi’ites. We think that he will do very well as the Police Commissioner,” a family member said.
Mr. Bassi cleared the Union Public Service Commission examination at the age of 21 and was appointed as an Assistant Superintendant of Police in Pondicherry in 1980. Since then he has served in various capacities in Delhi and other parts of the country, including Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Goa.
He was appointed as the Goa Director-General of Police in 2009 and held the post for two years.
In the Delhi Police, which he is all set to head, he has served as the Deputy Commissioner of Police in North and North-East Delhi. He also served in the security wing of the force.
He was sent on deputation to the Intelligence Bureau. On his return to the cadre, he served as the Inspector-General of Police in Chandigarh from 2000 to 2002. Following this stint, he was transferred back to Delhi as the Joint Commissioner of Police of the Southern range. He got promoted to the rank of Special Commissioner and headed the Vigilance and the Intelligence units of the Delhi Police before he was made the Goa DGP.
His second stint as a Special Commissioner saw him heading the Traffic division, before becoming Special Commissioner (Administration).
Following the December 16 gang-rape, there were rumours that incumbent Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar would be relieved and succeeded by a woman officer. But, Mr. Bassi remained the front-runner and was ultimately chosen for the coveted post, putting all speculation to rest.
Mr. Bassi, who is a Commerce graduate from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, also has a Law degree. He was conferred the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service and the Police Medal for meritorious service.
His wife, Sunira Bassi, is also a bureaucrat posted with the Northern Railway as the Chief Traffic Planning Manager. The couple has a daughter and a son.