Recently a video went viral on social media in which an IAS officer Ranbir Sharma was seen slapping a man while conducting lockdown protocols in the district. He was also seen telling the police officers who were accompanying him to beat the man.
And now Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ordered the transfer of District Collector Ranbir Sharma from Surajpur on May 23 after a video of the IAS officer slapping a man for breaking lockdown norms went viral on social media.
Baghel mentioned that the case of Sharma’s “misbehaviour” came to his attention through social media. “It is really tragic and condemnable. In Chhattisgarh, such behaviour would not be accepted.
Further Sharma in his statement “He was a 23-year-old man speeding on a sports bike. He was carrying a forged vaccine slip. To ensure the lockdown measures are met, we must be a little strict with citizens. However, I apologise for my behaviour today”, dismissing the allegations that the person in the video is a juvenile.
The IAS Association has also criticised Sharma’s actions. It is immoral and violates the basic principles of duty and civility. According to the association on Twitter, civil servants must always have empathy and provide a lower vibration to society, particularly during difficult times.
Sharma, on the other hand, had expressed regret for his actions. According to sources after the order released on Sunday, Ranbir Sharma was moved to the secretariat and was replaced by Raipur Jila Panchayat CEO Gaurav Kumar Singh.