Rumors have been rife over the continuation of DANIPS cadre officer Rajan Bhagat’s as spokesperson of Delhi Police ever since new Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma declared Taj Hassan as Chief Spokesperson. It so happens that Hassan is empanelled for a superior job and he may be soon taking up his new assignment. This leaves Bhagat where he has been. May it be recalled that Bhagat was appointed spokesperson by then Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal way back in 2006. Even though an officer is not supposed to hold a particular post for more than three years, this thumb rule was bypassed by all PCs succeeding Dadwal; Bhagat’s services were found irreplaceable and he has happily continued to serve under B K Gupta, Neeraj Kumar and B S Bassi.
Bhagat is considered excellent at his work. With an inspector and three SIs under him, he collects details from 180 DP stations, besides departments dealing with Special Crime and Economic Offences. As soon as an incident happens, he says, “My phone starts ringing. By the time the media start calling, I’m already updated about it.” He also has to keep a tab on the media to correct any erroneous information.
A Delhiite who studied commerce at DU, Bhagat joined the Delhi-Andaman Nicobar Police in 1994. This, along with his 10-year stint as DP’s spokesman, has enabled him to create a web of contacts from the print to electronic media.