In what can be called a shameful incident, Odisha minister Yogendra Behara made his personal security officer (PSO) buckle his sandals in public on 15 August at an Independence Day event in Kendujhar.
An ANI video shows the security officer bending down and tying the minister's sandals.
Additionally, when questioned, the minister justified his action by saying, "I am a VIP, I've hoisted the flag here."
I am a VIP. I've hoisted the flag here; he (PSO) has done that (tied the sandal strap): Odisha Min. Yogendra Behera pic.twitter.com/elrldh7NlJ— ANI (@ANI_news) August 16, 2016
This is not the first time that a minister has decided to flaunt his 'VIP status' in this utterly questionable manner. In May 2015, Rachpal Singh, the then West Bengal planning and implementation minister got his shoelaces tied by a policeman, which was caught on camera.
In 2014, the then DIG Jammu-Kathua range Shakeel Baig also made an elderly person tie his shoelaces. A departmental probe was ordered to investigate the matter.
To add to the shame, the DIG's son had posted the picture on the internet.