When a Haryana police constable called his phone operator in 2010, he didn't expect state CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda to be on the other end. In response to the CM telling him "I am Hooda, chief minister of Haryana," the constable replied: "Haryana mein to saare Hooda khud ko chief minister samajhte hain (everyone with the surname Hooda in Haryana thinks he is the chief minister)."
Next day, he was summoned by Sirsa SP and Naresh came to know he had actually dialled Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The information about his conduct had been sent from the chief minister's office to the SP.
The constable was initially terminated on the charge of "misbehaving with his senior" and then reinstated with a pay cut. The High Court has issued notice to Haryana DGP and Sirsa superintendent of police (SP).
Found guilty, the constable was dismissed from service but after his, the then DGP commuted it to stoppage of three annual increments from his salary. Naresh, who has moved HC against the order, has alleged that he hadn't committed any serious misconduct and has been punished just because he had called the CM "inadvertently." He has further alleged that the inquiry was ordered because of his "innocent mistake" and has requested the court to quash the orders against him.
Taking up his petition, the Court has issued a notice to state DGP and Sirsa SP asking them to file their replies. The case will now come up for further hearing on December 4.