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New Delhi: Days after allegations of corruption were levelled against Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi in a property deal, the AAP government on Tuesday directed Vigilance department to file an FIR against the top cop.

According to reports, the Arvind Kejriwal government further instructed the Registrar of Cooperative Society to demolish the illegal construction.

Bassi had denied the “false” allegations of corruption in a property deal levelled against him by the Delhi government, vowing to take the “corrupt to their graveyard”.

The AAP government was considering filing charges against Bassi over alleged “impropriety involving a cooperative society flat in West Delhi’s Rohini where a member of the society was allegedly illegally expelled in 1990 to allocate a flat to the police commissioner.”

In another charge, Bassi allegedly did not disclose that he already owned another flat while availing a plot under a civil services welfare society making the deal illegal. Later, he allegedly indulged in another impropriety in 1998 when he sold off the apartment to his younger brother, Ravi Bassi, for Rs 11 lakh which is less than prevailing market rate so as to save on stamp duty.

A document from the state government copy of which is with NewsGram shows that Bassi ‘to cover up his wrongdoings’ sold that flat to his brother at significantly lower than the market price.

BS Bassi

BS Bassi

It adds, “The consideration shown in the conveyance deed was dishonestly shown much lower than the actual market price…to cheat the government to pay less stamp duty and registration fee.”

A visibly upset and angry police commissioner said on Friday that a police officer cannot make dubious deals.

“CP Delhi does not work behind the veil. I have not even taken a bribe of 25 paise. I have not received any complaint. The corrupt are calling me corrupt. I will take the corrupt to their graveyard,” Bassi vowed.

AAP leader Ashutosh slammed Bassi for his threatening remarks: “Even if there are charges, does it merit such language? The police commissioner issued an open threat to kill.”

It is alleged that Bassi “obtained a residential plot measuring 500 Sq M in 1998 through fraudulently obtaining the membership of Civil Services Officers Welfare Society New Delhi.”

The state government document alleges that “Bassi dishonestly and fraudulently, to cheat both the societies, did not inform the Lucky Housing Society about his subsequent membership of the Civil Services Officers Welfare Society (CSOWS).”

A possible transaction of black money in the sale of the flat 39 in Lucky Housing Society in also under the scanner of Delhi government.

It is further alleged that while acquiring the possession of flat 39, Bassi had not paid what known as equalisation charge, at 24% per annum. The police commissioner is accused of abusing his influence as the DCP, North Delhi, his designation at the time of purchasing this flat.

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Vodafone Emerges as the Fastest 4G Network in Delhi

Meanwhile, India’s download speed over fixed broadband achieved a 25.3 per cent increase during the past 12 months with 6.21 Mbps improvement, Jio saw the largest increase in average download speed over fixed broadband among top providers with a 120.1 per cent increase

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US-based broadband speed tester Ookla on Thursday said that Vodafone has emerged as the fastest 4G network in Delhi.

As per Ookla’s findings, Vodafone SuperNet 4G speeds are the highest as compared to all other operators in Delhi NCR.

Vodafone and Idea’s data performance has benefited by their merger and both brands show notable improvement, it said.

“With 10 telecom circles and many parts of Delhi NCR fully integrated, Vodafone Idea customers are experiencing the benefits of a unified and future-ready digital network,” said Vishant Vora, CTO, Vodafone Idea.

Vodafone Idea has also completed network integration in East Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad regions.

This Ookla report maps speeds across Indian telecom operators from August 2018 to July 2019.

Vodafone saw a decline in average mobile speed from November 2018 through January 2019, after which they recovered, with speeds rising by a remarkable 23.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, mobile download speeds of Idea improved month-on-month with a year-over-year improvement of 51.2 per cent.

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Vodafone’s revenue decline due to high subscriber churn. Pixabay

However, on an overall industry front, while mobile download speeds across all mobile operators have improved for the period under analysis, Airtel continued to hold the title of being the fastest operator in the timeframe in question.

While Airtel’s download speed increased 7.7 per cent, Jio’s download speed went up 10.8 per cent during the same period.

Airtel had the highest Acceptable Speed Ratio (ASR) in every single month, with an ASR for the year of 70.4 per cent. Despite a dip in January, Vodafone had the second highest ASR throughout the year with an average ASR of 60.3 per cent. Jio held third place for ASR with 54.5%.

ASR is a term used to measure a mobile operator’s performance on how consistently they are able to provide speeds at or above 5 Mbps, which is fast enough for consumers to reliably use mobile devices to stream HD video, Ookla said in its report.

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Looking at India as a whole, average mobile download speeds increased 16.2 per cent last year with an improvement of less than 1.5 Mbps over 12 months. Looking at the Speedtest Global Index, India ranks poorly for mobile download speed when compared with neighbouring countries and fell further behind throughout the past year.

Meanwhile, India’s download speed over fixed broadband achieved a 25.3 per cent increase during the past 12 months with 6.21 Mbps improvement, Jio saw the largest increase in average download speed over fixed broadband among top providers with a 120.1 per cent increase.

Increase in other players fixed broadband download speed performance includes BSNL with 74.2 per cent, GTPL with 32.1 per cent, Airtel with 23.8 per cent, YOU Broadband with 13.9 per cent, and ACT with 12.0 per cent respectively. Hathway’s average download speed over fixed broadband however fell at 0.2 per cent. (IANS)