IAS officer finds himself at the wrong head of law

A senior IAS officer was in news for slapping a clerk when he was allegedly found collecting bribe and also for hitting himself to calm protestors.

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2011, 23:34 PM IST

Gurgaon: Senior IAS officer Praveen Kumar,
who was in the news for slapping a clerk when he was allegedly
found collecting bribe and also for hitting himself to
calm protestors, found himself at the wrong end of the law.

The Haryana Urban District Authority(HUDA) Administrator
was challaned by Gurgaon Traffic Police today for riding on a
motorcycle without helmet after his photo which captured this
act was posted by an unidentified person on the Facebook of
Gurgaon traffic police yesterday.
Kumar was seen without a helmet while driving a
motorcycle of an employee of his office during a round of the
areas near Sector 45 where a demolition exercise was underway.

When somebody raised objections to the two-wheeler being
driven sans helmet, the IAS officer himself apologized for
violating the rule.

A citizen uploaded this photo on the facebook of Gurgaon
traffic police which issued a challan to him, Deputy
Commissioner of Police(Traffic) Ms Bharti Arora said.
Kumar said that since he had violated the traffic
rule he would soon deposit the penalty amount with the police
department.

Justifying his action of slapping the clerk last week,
Kumar reportedly said that punishment is necessary at times
since he found out that the person was allegedly collecting
bribes everyday and distributing it to other officers.

The IAS officer had earlier resorted to beating himself
with his shoe to calm protestors during an anti-encroachment
drive, a dramatic action which hit headlines.

Kumar, who was earlier Faridabad`s Deputy Commissioner,
is not new to doing something out of the blue--he has cleaned
a school toilet and carried a filled mud pan on his head.

PTI