A police Sub-inspector posted in Uttarakhand’s Mussoorie was transferred days after he fined an MLA for not wearing a mask.
Recently, a video clip surfaced on social media in which Roorkee MLA Pradeep Batra can be seen hurling money at Neerak Kathait, who had fined him and apparently didn’t recognise him.
The MLA was stopped for not wearing a mask properly and roaming around with his family despite the lockdown enforced in Mussoorie.
The sub-inspector in the video can be heard saying that Mr Batra will have to pay a fine of ₹ 500 which made the MLA angry.
Sub-inspector Neerak Kathaits on June 17 was transferred to Kalsi, around 40 km from Dehradun, Mussoorie.
After the news of the officer’s transfer spread, local people rallied behind him in support, saying he was being penalised for doing his duty.
The Mussoorie Traders Association (MTA) even submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, seeking his intervention and stopping the SI’s transfer.
“The legislator broke the law. The sub-inspector took action and should be praised for what he did instead of being punished,” MTA president Rajat Aggarwal said.
Meanwhile, a senior official said that Kathait’s transfer was already due.