The Delhi Police Commissioner B. S. Bassi, who had a controversial tenure, has been appointed to a constitutional post in UPSC with five years tenure. The government cleared the name of the retired police commissioner of Delhi as a constitutional member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The board conducts public service examinations under the central government.
The man Bassi will have a tenure of five years until the month of February 2021. As per the rule, a UPSC Commission member can stay in his office for maximum of six years or till the day he turns 65. Right now he is 60. So, as per the law, he has to retire by 2021 February.
Bassi’s tenure as Delhi Police Commissioner, especially towards the end, had come for criticism after the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar over sedition row.
The UPSC can have a maximum of ten members apart from its head. With the joining of Bassi, the commission gains full membership. Apart from Bassi, Alka Sirohi, David R Syiemlieh, Manbir Singh, Former Navy Vice Chief D K Dewan, Vinay Mittal, Chhatar Singh, Prof Hem Chandra, Arvind Saxena and Prof Pradeep Kumar Joshi are other members of the UPSC, headed by Deepak Gupta as its Chairman.
The members of the commission have been fetched mainly from the experts of fields like IAS, IPS, and several public service examinations conducted on all India basis.