The Haryana government on Saturday transferred an IPS officer, a day after a video clip of her public spat with the state health minister went viral, sparking angry reaction against him from the opposition and on social media.
An official statement said Fatehabad superintendent of police (SP) Sangeeta Kalia has been transferred as the commandant of the 4th Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) in Manesar and will be replaced by Om Parkash Narwal.
On Friday, health minister Anil Vij walked out of a public meeting in Fatehabad – more than 200 km from Chandigarh – following an altercation with Kalia who allegedly refused to follow his order to “get out” of the venue.
The opposition Congress – which had itself faced allegations of hounding IAS officers during its tenure in the state – was quick to pounce on the issue after the video clip of the incident went viral.
Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the minister should have maintained decorum while speaking to a woman officer and deprecated his behaviour with her. Hooda’s government was involved in a long-running fued with IAS officer Ashok Khemka after he cancelled an allegedly dubious land deal between Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and realty major DLF. Khattar had recently dropped a charge-sheet against Khemka.
Earlier in the day, Khattar told reporters in Karnal that he had taken cognisance of the matter and it will be dealt with appropriately.
Kalia refused to comment on the issue but said, “The media knows everything what happened and I don’t want to comment on it”.
In a tweet on Saturday, Vij said he was ready to “pay any price and make any sacrifice to ensure justice to people who are oppressed due to indifferent attitude” of the administration.
Vij also wrote to the state director general of police (DGP), seeking security for the NGO that had filed a complaint against the liquor mafia in Fatehabad.