Calling the recent appointment of Rakesh Asthana, a senior IPS Gujarat official, as Delhi police commissioner “unconstitutional,” the AAP-led Delhi government on Thursday passed a resolution in the assembly against the decision of the Center.
The ruling AAP, while criticizing the Center for the move, the party alleged it aimed to “harass” the party leaders. While raising the issue in a short-lived discussion on the first day of the Delhi Assembly monsoon session, AAP MP Sanjiv Jha introduced a resolution calling Asthana’s appointment “unconstitutional” and contrary to the directives of the Supreme Court.
The resolution also expressed its “disapproval” of the controversial Gujarat cadre being “forced into Delhi” as police commissioner. The Union government on Tuesday appointed Asthana police commissioner for Delhi a few days before his retirement and also granted him a one-year extension for the new post before his retirement.
Asthana, an IPS officer from 1984, previously served as the Director General of the Border Security Force and was due to retire on July 31. Jha also questioned Asthana’s knowledge of Delhi and the police in the city, as he was a cadre from Gujarat. officer.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri called Asthana an “honest and decorated” IPS officer who was twice awarded the police presidential medal. “Rakesh Asthana has successfully investigated the Godhara carnage and Purulia weapon drops. He also investigated the land scam linked to the son-in-law of a political party leader. The House should welcome his appointment, ”Bidhuri said.
In his response to the debate, Delhi Home Secretary Satyendar Jain challenged Bidhuri to act against the “son-in-law” he did not name and added that the BJP and Congress are “two sides of the coin. ‘one piece “. The Delhi government backed the resolution, saying the central government should not have defied the Supreme Court’s guidelines when making the appointment.