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BS Bassi no longer in the running for Chief Information Commissioner

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:43 IST

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, who has been at the centre of a controversy over the mishandling of the protests in JNU, has been dropped from the list of Chief Information Commission probables.

The 1977-batch IPS officer, who is due to retire by this month-end, was shortlisted last November by a search committee headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha. Three of the total ten Information Commissioner posts are currently lying vacant.

NDTV quoted Bassi as saying that he was not affected by the move.

Congress had reacted sharply to reports of Bassi's name being shortlisted for the key position. The party has also been demanding his resignation over the JNU fracas.

Bassi has been accused of being "over enthusiastic" in charging JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans at an pro-Afzal Guru event in JNU.

The committee that appoints the Information Commissioners is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and includes the Leader of the Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Edited by Blassy Boben

First published: 19 February 2016, 3:15 IST
 
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