Police chief will stay: PC

The government has no intention of axing Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar ‘at this stage’, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

Responding to questions after a cabinet meeting, Chidambaram said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to remove Neeraj Kumar despite the mass protests over the gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi bus.

‘I think this would be totally inappropriate to do at this stage. I think the commissioner is doing his job. If there have been any lapses, we will be looking into it,’ he said. The commissioner has been under attack since the 23-year-old was raped and tortured on 16 December. He was also criticised following a crackdown by Delhi Police on protesters.

Chidambaram said the commissioner has apologised for the crackdown. ‘I think the first thing to be done is to bring the situation to normalcy. I think the commissioner has, I saw it on TV, apologised for any lapses that may have hurt any innocent person.’ I would request all of you to leave it here,’ he said.
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