Punjab minister threatens to suspend school principal 'off the record'
A minister in Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's cabinet, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot was caught on camera threatening the principal of a school. The minister who had visited a school as a special guest took offence to his name appearing at the third position in the inaugural stone. When questioned by the media later, the minister said that his statements were 'off the record'.
A video of the minister threatening the principal of suspension and another of him attempting to justify his behaviour as 'off the record' went viral on Friday. The incident is said to have taken place in Nabha on Thursday. Dharamsot was invited as a guest for the inaugural event of Government Secondary School for Girls in Nabha. After one of his associates pointed out that his name was pushed to the third position on the inaugural stone, the minister fumed at the principal asking why his name was not right on top.
In the second video that went viral, the minister who was confronted by the media for threatening the woman principal first denied it. When reminded that he was caught on camera in the act, the minister said that it was 'off the record'. "What I am saying now before the press is on record. Hundreds of things happen inside. I have not said anything on record," he said. While him threatening the principal is yet another instance of highhandedness of the political class, his justification of it being 'off the record' only displays utter brazenness.