IIT WAS not meant to be that big an issue — just an incident in which one car hit another car causing a few minor dents in it, all by accident. But it has so far seen two cops, caught amidst a volley of allegations and counter-allegations flying high between a senior IAS officer and nephew of a Union minister, being given marching orders.
The sequence of events began in the evening of July 29 outside the Golf Club. Driver of Prashant Trivedi, secretary, Medical Education, accidentally banged his vehicle against a Swift car belonging to Mohit Garg, an employee in a private bank and also an office bearer of Lucknow Vikas Manch. As the accident caused a dent in Mohit’s car, he lost his cool and started shouting at the driver. Instead of feeling sorry, the erring driver, who was later identified as Praveen Yadav, too retaliated and entered into a heated exchange with Mohit.
Both, Praveen and Mohit were engaged in a verbal duel when Prashant Trivedi arrived there and tried to pacify Mohit by asking him to get his vehicle repaired and send the bill to him. Mohit left the place in a huff.
Meanwhile, president of the Lucknow Vikas Manch Kailash Chandra Pandey, who was in no way involved in the incident and was not even present at the scene, got involved into the incident and leveled all sorts of charges against Trivedi and his driver. He even lodged a complaint with the police against Trivedi.
Talking to HT, Trivedi said Mohit slapped Praveen in a fit of anger before leaving the place. This made him ask his driver to lodge a complaint against Mohit. The Hazratganj cops later lodged an NCR on Praveen’s complaint.
When asked about the allegation levelled by Pandey and Mohit against him, Trivedi said the charges were baseless and he would talk to senior officials in this connection tomorrow.
On the other hand, Pandey told HT that the Hazratganj police initiated action on the driver’s complaint and the policemen reached Mohit’s Golf Link residence on July 31. The cops allegedly misbehaved with Mohit’s parents. They issued threats to Mohit’s father Dr GM Garg, a retired orthopaedic surgeon from Balrampur Hospital and brother-in-law of Union Minister of State for Steel Akhilesh Das, asking him to pay compensation to the driver or face the music.
Pandey even alleged that Trivedi threatened him on phone and sent goons who ransacked his office in Hussainganj and threatened him at gunpoint on Wednesday noon.
In a bid to appease the minister’s kin, senior superintendent of police (SSP) GK Goswami placed two sub-inspectors (S-Is), who allegedly had misbehaved with the minister’s relatives, under transfer.