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Alok Kumar Verma to take over as the new Delhi Police chief

Amid mounting pressure regarding the controversy around the JNU row, the government fast-tracked the announcement of the new Delhi Police chief on Wednesday. Director General (Prisons), Alok Kumar Verma, will replace BS Bassi on March 1, a top home ministry official told The Hindu.

Though the formal orders will be issued on Thursday, the official said that the Cabinet Committee on Appointments (CCA), headed by Prime Ministre Narenda Modi, has cleared Verma’s name.

MHA had sent a panel comprising the names of three IPS officers to the CCA, which picked Verma, a 1979-batch officer and the senior most of the three. “The formal orders will be issued Thursday but the CCA has given a go-ahead to Verma’s name,” said the official.

Verma was in direct competition with two senior Delhi Police officers, Deepak Mishra and Dharmendra Kumar, both 1984 batch officers. While Mishra is the Special CP (Law & Order), Kumar is the Special CP (Special Unit).

Even as the competition was heating up between the three, a month ago there were reports that the government may bring in Shivanand Jha, a 1983-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer. The speculations were put to rest on Wednesday.

Sources said Verma, with his clean image, was given priority over his competitors because of his seniority. Verma has in the past served as the Special CP (Administration) and the Joint CP (Crime).

The Delhi’s Commissioner of Police post is important because of the Aam Aadmi Party Government in power in the national capital. With frequent clashes between the police and the Delhi Government, the central government would want an officer who can withstand Kejriwal’s antics to browbeat the police.

However, it will be interesting to see how Verma deals with the negative image of “government’s stooge” to be left behind by his predecessor Bassi whose force zealously pursued cases against Aam Aadmi Party legislators but appears to have turned limp in dealing with BJP MLA OP Sharma who was seen assaulting a CPI leader on Monday.

With BJP in the centre and the AAP government in Delhi, the new police chief will have a tricky situation to deal with when he takes over.


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