A senior Chhattisgarh minister allegedly slapped a sub-divisional magistrate on Saturday because he failed to reserve a room for him in the official guesthouse in Bilaspur, 130 km east of Raipur.
Chhattisgarh’s Panchayat and Law Minister Ram Vichar Netam later admitted he was displeased with Santosh Dewangan’s negligence because the officer had been informed of the visit in advance.
He, however, denied having slapped the officer.
“The allegation is baseless. It can be verified from those who were present while I was talking to the officer,” Netam said.
When HT asked Dewangan what had transpired, he said, “My service code of conduct does not allow discussing such issues with the media. I have faith in the system and the officers who will do justice.”
All the rooms in the two official guesthouses were reportedly booked for dignitaries accompanying Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, who was also in the state on Saturday.