Delhi govt passes resolution against Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Delhi Commissioner

The Delhi Legislative Assembly on Thursday has passed a resolution against the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner, urging the Centre to reverse the appointment, according to IANS.

The resolution was moved by Sanjeev Jha, Aam Aadmi Party MLA, who said that appointment of Rakesh Asthana as the new Delhi POlice Commissioner was the “violation of a Supreme Court judgment”. Questioning his appointment, the AAP leaders raised this issue under rule-55 of the Delhi assembly.

An IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre,
Rakesh Asthana was appointed as the new Delhi Police Commissioner on July 27, just five days before his retirement on July 31.

59-year-old Asthana is currently the Border Security Force (BSF) chief. Earlier, he was a special director in the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI).

AAP MLA from Burari, Jha, said, “In 2019, the SC ruled that no officer with less than six months of tenure left should be named for a top job. In fact, Asthana was the front-runner for being the CBI Chief in May, 2019, but was dropped after the top court pointed the same in its ruling,” he added.

Other AAP leaders who spoke on the appointment issue in the Assembly were Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, Somnath Bharti and Satyendar Jain.

However, Senior BJP leader Ramveer Singh Bidhuri defended Centre’s decision highlighting extraordinary works done by Asthana during his long service tenure, saying that he has also been Felicitated with the President award in 2009.

“This House must welcome Rakesh Asthana as Delhi police commissioner. His service period and works have set an example in this country. He will work for the betterment of Delhi. Those who are honest should not worry from Asthana’s appointment because he takes tough action against those who are corrupt,” Bidhuri said.

On the evening of 27 July, the Union home ministry announced the appointment of Asthana as the new Delhi police commissioner, just three days before his retirement as the Border Security Force director general.

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