Mohali police chief sent on leave after row with Wadia

June 3rd, 2008 - 10:32 am ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, June 3 (IANS) The Punjab government has asked Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranbir Singh Khatra to go on one month leave following his public spat with Ness Wadi, industrialist and owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab. Khatra and Wadia argued publicly May 23 at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium near here after Wadia accused the police of black-marketing tickets and stealing liquor bottles and team T-shirts.

Khatra had moved an official complaint against Wadia’s “misbehaviour” to the Punjab government and police top brass, bringing the spat on record.

The district police chief claimed that Wadia misbehaved with him and even shouted, “I don’t talk to small and mean people like you.”

Police sources said that Khatra had been asked to go on one month leave from Monday due to the controversy. He had applied for leave to go to the US and was immediately granted that.

Khatra is considered close to ruling Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, the son of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Mohali, a newly created district, is considered a prize posting for police and civil officers in Punjab.

Khatra had also recorded a complaint against IPL commissioner Lalit Modi for smoking in a public area of the PCA stadium last month.

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