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Haryana minister refuses to hear out 'corrupt' official, orders arrest at meeting

Press Trust of India  |  Kurukshetra (Har) 

Health ordered the arrest of a "corrupt" SDO at a meeting in even as the pleaded for a chance to present his own case, according to a dramatic video clip on

Arrest him,' Vij is heard telling policemen in the video purported to be of the district grievance redressal committee's monthly meeting chaired by the yesterday.

The wanted the Public Health Engineering Department's (SDO) Ved Pal arrested over a graft complaint made by a contractor, of Kakheri village.

However, the local police had not carried out the arrest order up to this evening.

The minister repeatedly refused to hear out the SDO even when A K Pahwa came out in support of the junior officer, who is posted in Guhla.

Vij said if the complaint was proved false, the SDO can file a case against the complainant under section 182 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes giving false information to a government

Pahwa suggested that an FIR should be registered only after an inquiry into the complaint.

Vij said, "Corruption is rampant in your entire department. I am not going to listen to anything. You can place your proof of innocence in the judicial court," he said in Hindi.

The SDO was seen being pushed back by the security staff as he tried to show some documents to the minister.

The minister got angry when the SDO said he was trying to place his version in a democratic manner.

"Arrest him," minister told the policemen present at the meeting.

"Oh bhai, mera naam hai. hai tere ko (My name is Do you know that)?" he is heard saying at one point.

When the SDO was told to sit by the security staff, he likened Vij's behaviour to the reign of Mughal

It is like the rule of Aurangzeb, Aurangzeb's rule was better than this, the said.

Following this, the minister ordered the security staff to show him the door.

The police said today they are waiting for a record of the meeting's proceedings before making the arrest.

The minister could not be reached for comment.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 16:50 IST