Published On: Sat, Nov 28th, 2015

Vij-Lady IPS officer spat: SC Commission seeks report from Haryana Chief Secy

Chandigarh:The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has taken cognizance of the “indecent” remarks made by Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij against IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia and has sought a report from the Haryana Chief Secretary in the matter.

Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij (left) IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia (right)

Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij (left) and IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia (right)

Slamming Vij’s “get out” remarks against the woman officer, the Commission’s member Ishwar Singh said today that he has sought a report from the Haryana government within a week.

He also said that once the report comes, the Commission will see if it is a fit case under the provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as the remarks were made against the woman officer, who is from Dalit community.

Sangeeta Rani Kalia, SP of Fatehabad district, was today shunted out, a day after a verbal spat with Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij.

Replying to questions of reporters at Kurukshetra, Ishwar Singh said no matter how senior a Minister may be, he has no business to use such a language against anyone, more so against a woman officer, who is a Dalit.

“Using such a language against a officer, who is from the Dalit community, more so when these were made at a public function, is highly condemnable.

Once the report comes, we will see if a case is made out (against the Minister)l under the ambit of Section 338 of the (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,” he said, adding he has sought a detailed report from the Chief Secretary.

The outspoken Minister had on Thursday stormed out of a meeting of District Grievances and Public Relations Committee at Fatehabad after the police officer refused to follow his order to leave the venue following heated exchanges between them. The video of their spat went viral on social media.

The Minister’s remarks triggered protests from various quarters at different parts of the state today.

While Haryana Police Karamchari Sangh slammed the Minister for his alleged indecent behaviour towards a lady officer, main opposition INLD hit the streets in Fatehabad today coming out strongly in support of the officer.

PTI

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