Demanding his ouster in the wake of rape of a five-year-old girl, Aam Aadmi Party on Monday alleged Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar has links with Navy war room case accused Abhishek Verma, a charge vehemently denied by the police chief who said he is "initiating" legal action.
Letter circulated by AAP:
Letter written by several eminent citizens to ministry of home affairs regarding selection and appointment of Neeraj Kumar
Kumar rubbished the allegations as "baseless, unfounded and ludicrous" with the sole intention of "besmirching my personal integrity, reputation and competence" and said necessary legal action is being initiated against AAP leader Prashant Bhushan in this regard.
Addressing a press conference on a day when angry protesters, including those belonging to AAP, were demanding Kumar's removal from the post, Bhushan claimed Verma's close associate Edmonds Allen had written to government earlier that Kumar has links with the alleged arms dealer.
Reacting to the allegations, Kumar said, "Prashant Bhushan has made several false, scurrilous and defamatory allegations against me, which are baseless, unfounded and ludicrous, with the sole intention of besmirching my personal integrity, reputation and competence."
"These allegations are at the behest of persons who have been arrayed as accused in investigations conducted under my supervision during my tenure in the CBI," he said in a statement.
Kumar said he had already issued a legal notice to retired bureaucrat M G Devasahayam, who had raised similar allegations. Devasahayam's writ petition in this regard was entertained by the Delhi high court.
"Prashant Bhushan is now acting at the behest of the same vested interests, ie, accused persons and particularly those whom I had investigated during my tenure at the CBI and who have thereafter filed several petitions against me, as I was not willing to bend or compromise in his case," he claimed.
Kumar said he is a highly decorated officer and have received medals from President, commendations from various state governments, successive directors of CBI in recognition of meritorious service.
"The allegations levelled by Bhushan are clearly with oblique motives and are being made for vested political interests. Necessary legal action is being initiated against him in this regard.
"I will continue, at all times, to put the interests of the country, its citizens and of the police force above my own interests and those of my family," Kumar said.
Referring to the security cover provided to business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, Kejriwal said the government is more interested in providing such facility to these people forgetting that it is the common man who badly needs it.
Bushan also described the action against eight persons following the death of Delhi Police Head Constable Subhash Tomar as an attempt by the government to malign AAP.