A Pune woman IPS officer’s alleged instructions to an aide to arrange “free” biryani and other mouth-watering dishes has landed her in soup.
Taking strong note of a viral audio-clip on her culinary “order”, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil has ordered a probe into the matter, even as the incident created ripples in officialdom.
Despite repeated attempts by IANS, the Pune police top brass and the Home Department officials were not available for comment.
In the undated video-clip, the officer is ostensibly heard ordering chicken biryani, mutton biryani for her husband who loves it, besides prawn masala, and some fried fish, through her unidentified orderly.
To a hesitant query by him on payment, she is heard asking in an incredulous tone: “Do we have to pay for these things in our jurisdiction? You manage it or ask the beat cop to handle it… Do you want me to speak with him?”
When the subordinate mumbled that such things are not the norm and offered to foot the bill in cash, the officer seemed in no mood to listen and repeated her sumptuous dinner order, which the former obediently took down and promised to deliver.
Stung by the reactions to the audio-clip, Walse-Patil has asked Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta to submit a probe report and take action in the matter.
The Pune Cyber Cell is likely to check out the authenticity of the audio clip and ascertain whether it has been tampered with.
HinduPost comment : After this audio was leaked, the officer in question, Priyanka Narnaware has claimed that she is being framed because she opposed the hafta–vasooli by police in Pune which the former DCP had allowed. She says she was framed as the interests of former DCP were getting hurt and also claimed that the clip is morphed.
Maharashtra has recently been in news for vasooli in Mumbai where the target was hundreds of crores. It’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had to quit after that controversy. If the charges in Mumbai were correct, no doubt those are correct in other districts too. The administrative ineptness of MVA government, specially in CoVID situation, along with the extortion rackets are no doubt a cause of worry for all of us.
(The story has been published via a syndicated feed with minor edits to conform to Hindu-Post style-guide.)
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