Urban Development Minister Azam Khan found himself in the centre of a fresh controversy when he ticked off a senior official in the presence of several others asking him to shut up and calling him ill-mannered. Khan lost his cool when he found principal secretary Praveer Kumar and secretary Sunita Chaturvedi missing yesterday from a meeting of departmental officials called by him. When the special secretary Visnhu Swaroop Mishra tried to explain, Azam snubbed him.
“Is the chief secretary above the government…shut up…you ill-mannered,”he said. His outburst was caught on camera. Azam later said that he was informed that the secretary was not present and was attending another meeting called by the chief secretary. “This meeting was fixed long back…it is obvious that without them opening the meeting I cannot start…officers were called from all over the state,” he said, adding indiscipline won’t be tolerated.
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