BS Bassi, who had a controversial tenure as the Delhi Police commissioner with frequent run-ins with the AAP government, was on Tuesday appointed a member of the UPSC, a Constitutional post, with a five year tenure.
The government cleared the name of the 60-year-old as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the civil services examination to select IAS and IPS officers among others. The commission has a maximum strength of 10 members besides a chairperson.
A 1977 batch IPS officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, Bassi retired as the Delhi Police chief in February this year.
Under the Constitution, a member of the UPSC can have a maximum of six years tenure or till he attains the age of 65 years.
Bassi’s tenure as the Delhi Police commissioner, especially towards the end, had been stormy after the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar over a sedition charge. The former police chief was involved in a running battle with the Aam Aadmi Party government led by Arvind Kejriwal.
Alka Sirohi, David R Syiemlieh, Manbir Singh, former navy vice-chief DK Dewan, Vinay Mittal, Chhatar Singh, professor Hem Chandra, Arvind Saxena and professor Pradeep Kumar Joshi are the other members of the UPSC, headed by Deepak Gupta.
The members to the commission are mainly experts drawn from various streams including the IAS, IPS and other All India services.
Former CBI director AP Singh was a member of the commission. However, after his name was linked to a controversial meat exporter, he tendered his resignation in January 2015.