Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Saturday ordered the transfer of IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia who was involved in an ugly spat with Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij.
"Sangeeta Rani, Superintendent of Police, Fatehabad, has been posted as Commandant 4th IRB (India Reserve Battalion), Manesar, relieving Vikas Dhankar of the additional charge," a state government spokesman said.
Vij and Kalia were involved in an unsavoury spat during a meeting in Fatehabad on Friday over the issue of police not curbing liquor smuggling in the district.
The minister snubbed the woman IPS officer and told her to "get out" of the meeting in the presence to several officers and others present there. However, the woman police officer stood her ground and refused to go out.
Vij walked out of the meeting after Fatehabad district police chief Sangeeta Kalia, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer whom he ordered to "get out", refused to leave. Fatehabad lies 225 km from here.
When she was yelled at, Kalia demanded to know "why" she needed to leave, and told him: "I am not leaving."
The officer, seated next to the infuriated minister, stood her ground over the issue of liquor smuggling and the alleged police role in it.
When the minister alleged that the smuggling was happening with police patronage, Kalia said: "This is wrong. You cannot say this."
The minister, who was attending a public grievances' committee meeting of which he is the chairman, had asked the officer what she was doing to curb liquor smuggling in areas bordering Punjab.
"We are taking action. We have registered over 2,500 cases. Many of these people come out on bail and indulge in smuggling again," Kalia told the minister.
However, the minister kept arguing. He appeared to suggest that she was responsible for the lack of action against the smugglers.
When Kalia objected to this, Vij asked her to leave the meeting.
Vij left the meeting in disgust and later said he would not come to Fatehabad as long as Kalia was stationed there.
"I will not come here again as long as she is the SP here. I will complain to the chief minister.
"Her attitude is not good. I had taken up the matter with her two or three times but her approach was very casual." Vij told the media.
Deputy Commissioner N.K. Solanki and other district officers were present at the meeting but did not intervene.
Solanki followed the minister till his car and tried to stop him from leaving but the minister was adamant.
Kalia did not say much about the incident and drove away after the meeting.
Asked by the media for her reaction, Kalia said in Hindi: "There is nothing to say... You know everything."
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said: "I have to get a report (on the incident). After that we will take action."