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Move to break me down psychologically, alleges Khemka

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A file picture of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka outside Haryana Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh on Oct. 18, 2012. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar.
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A file picture of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka outside Haryana Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh on Oct. 18, 2012. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar.

Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had kicked up a political storm alleging irregularities in businessman Robert Vadra-DLF land deals, on Thursday alleged that vested elements were at work to mentally harass him and break him down psychologically.

“They want to harass me. They want to break me down psychologically,” the 1991-batch IAS officer alleged.

He claimed that vested elements had the support of some mandarins in the government as he had exposed alleged land scams during his previous postings.

The officer also referred to the complaint lodged against him by a kin of an employee, who was allegedly dismissed by him during one of his postings six years back.

The kin had recently complained to the DGP that her husband had gone missing and may have attempted suicide.

Later, Mr. Khemka had sought an in-depth probe to find out if a conspiracy was being hatched by some elements to provoke people to lodge complaint against him.

“The complaint was lodged saying I was responsible for the man having gone missing...they (the elements are behind this and) want to break my morale and want to shatter me,” he alleged.

After cancelling the mutation of the land deal, he had received a number of threat calls, Mr. Khemka said.

Mr. Khemka, who is currently posted as Managing Director of the Haryana Seed Development Corporation (HSDC), on Thursday held a meeting under heavy police security at Panchkula with the union employees of the department in the wake of allegations against some employees regarding seed theft and other issues.

The meeting, during which 30-35 Haryana police constables were deployed by the government for security, and which also saw presence of some media persons, was held in a cordial atmosphere, the IAS officer said.

He said that he had on January 31 written a letter to Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chattar Singh and HSDC Chairman and Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Roshan Lal bringing to their notice that he had information that some union leaders (of HSDC) were likely to create trouble for personal reasons as some office bearers had been charge-sheeted for theft.

He had mentioned that as per the feedback he had got, he might be attacked and harmed if security was not provided for Thursday’s meeting.

It is a shame that officers like Mr Khemka are in a small minority. If even a third of the
officers display this kind of impartiality and commitment, it would provide critical mass for the
administrative culture to start changing.
One or two young new IAS officers per year cannot by themselves change the inertia of a
slothful and compromised system where often the clerks in their department, their superiors
and peers are all corrupt, serving under a 'kindly' minister reaping money for his party. But if
they find a support system in a substantial network of honest officials, the corrupt can be
overwhelmed because now the middle class is becoming the primary electorate and is much
more aware in this age of news media and the internet.

from:  Vishal
Posted on: Feb 7, 2013 at 22:27 IST

India want officer like You Khemka.Go on and keep moving no matter what
and leave the country in real high.

from:  jaki
Posted on: Feb 7, 2013 at 20:30 IST

Bravo! You have done an excellent work so far and we appreicate that. Whatever you have done has already started working against the corrupt elements so do not worry.

from:  chandrasekaran
Posted on: Feb 7, 2013 at 20:17 IST
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