Visit to Rahul's home was routine, nothing malafide about it: Bassi

Visit to Rahul's home was routine, nothing malafide about it: Bassi

Delhi Police on Saturday played down the visit of Assistant Sub-Inspector Shamsher Singh to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s house as a routine exercise to ensure the safety of the capital’s VIP’s.

Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi said there was no malafide intent and highlighted that it was part of a security audit regularly conducted at the offices of all protected persons.

“Rahul Gandhi was not targeted. It was a routine activity which is done to keep records of vulnerable personalities. We also visited houses of Veerappa Moily, L K Advani, K Chandrasekhar Rao among others. There was no malafide intention,” Bassi told media.

ASI Shamsher Singh had got in touch with the Special Protection Group guarding Gandhi’s house on March 12, and had been directed to Gandhi’s personal staff.

He had presented a set of questions in a fixed proforma to the staff, who told him that they would get back with the details.

Bassi also said they were never asked either by the Prime Minister’s Office or the Union Home Ministry to visit Gandhi’s house.

“I do not know the motives of the person who leaked the news of the proforma, but I can tell you that for us there was no motive other than to maintain law and order and protect important people who live in Delhi,” Bassi said.

Bassi, however, agreed that some of the information sought in the proforma were irrelevant. On Saturday, a Delhi Police team led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal also visited Gandhi’s Tughlak Lane house.

A senior police officer added that beat officers are instructed to meet the staff of protected persons living in the area falling under their jurisdiction and keep data about them.

“We have to inform the central government about people who are vulnerable,” the officer said.

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