Commissioner of Police, Delhi
|Commissioner of Police
Delhi Police Insignia
|Appointer||Ministry of Home Affairs (India)|
|Term length||Five years or 60 years (whichever earlier)
Renewable at Ministry's pleasure
The Delhi Police Act, 1978
|Inaugural holder||J.N. Chaturvedi|
|Deputy||The Additional Commissioner(s) of Police (one or more)|
|Website||Office of the Commissioner|
In the year 1966, the Government of India constituted the Delhi Police Commission headed by Justice G.D. Khosla to go into the Problems faced by Delhi Police and it was on the basis of the Khosla Commission Report that the Delhi Police was reorganised. Four Police districts, namely, North, Central, South and New Delhi were constituted. The Delhi Police Commission also recommended the introduction of Police Commissioner System which was eventually adopted from July 1,1978.
Following the recommendations of "Khosla Commission", Commissioner of Police system in Delhi, the capital of India was started in 1978, with J.N. Chaturvedi being appointed as the first Police Commissioner of Delhi. It replaced the earlier Inspector General of Police system, where the Inspector General of police would report to the Chief Secretary of Delhi, thus having a dual authority in effect. The Commissioner system brought an end to this dual authority as since then the appointed Commissioner of Director General of Police (DGP) rank being equivalent to its counterpart Chief Secretary reports directly to the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi.
The current Commissioner is Bhim Sain Bassi, who was appointed by Home Ministry on 17 July 2013 and took office on August 2013. The longest serving Commissioner of Delhi Police is Y.S. Dadwal who served for 41 months (2007-2010).
List of Police Commissioners of New Delhi
|#||Name||Took Office||Left Office|
|1||J.N. Chaturvedi||July 1978||January 1980|
|2||P.S. Bhinder||January 1980||December 1981|
|3||Bajrang Lal||December 1981||April 1983|
|4||S.C. Tandon||April 1983||November 1984|
|5||S.S. Jog||November 1984||April 1985|
|6||Ved Marwah||April 1985||April 1988|
|7||Raja Vijay Karan||April 1988||December 1990|
|8||Arun Bhagat||December 1990||February 1992|
|9||M.B. Kaushal||February 1992||January 1995|
|10||Nikhil Kumar||January 1995||April 1997|
|11||T.R. Kakkar||April 1997||May 1998|
|12||V.N. Singh||May 1998||June 1999|
|13||Ajay Raj Sharma||July 1999||June 2002|
|14||R.S. Gupta||July 2002||February 2004|
|15||Krishan Kant Paul||February 2004||July 2007|
|16||Y.S. Dadwal||July 2007||November 2010|
|17||B.K. Gupta||November 2010||June 2012|
|18||Neeraj Kumar||June 2012||July 2013|
|19||B.S. Bassi||July 2013||Incumbent|
The issue of appointment of police commissioners of New Delhi, has not been without controversies. The most recent controversy was when a senior police officer Kiran Bedi was superseded to appoint her junior Dadwal as the Police Commissioner in July 2007. Bedi went on record saying that at a time, when the President of India as well as the chairperson of the ruling alliance UPA were women (Pratibha Patil and Sonia Gandhi respectively), it would have done a lot of good for country's image as well as for the upliftment of women if she had been appointed. She resigned soon after in protest, although her official line was that she wanted to devote more time to social work.
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- "Tihar DG Neeraj Kumar named Delhi Police Commissioner". 29 June 2012.