Can ‘Tendulkars’ emerge with unfair umpires: Ashok Khemka
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Days after Haryana government approved a chargesheet against Ashok Khemka, the senior IAS officer, has written a letter to state Chief Secretary PK Chaudhary saying that he is being ‘publicly humiliated’.
Lodging his protest, Khemka in a strongly worded letter has stated that his `crime` was to cancel the mutation of the Rs 58 crore land deal between Vadra`s company, Skylight Hospitality, and realty giant DLF in October 2012.
The letter states: “The motive of charge sheeting me without an opportunity of hearing and announcing the same in the media is to publicly humiliate me for conscientiously doing my duty and to instill a sense of fear in others as to what would happen in the event the desire of the political masters is not fulfilled.”
“I stand condemned unheard and held guilty even before the charge sheet is served upon me, rendering the whole disciplinary exercise a futile and one-sided formality with my guilt already pre-judged.”
In his 14-page letter to the Haryana government Khemka further says: "I am a batsman in a match where the umpire is totally biased.”
Upset with the Haryana government’s decision, Khemka today took to his twitter account to express his disappointment. He wrote: “Can Tendulkars emerge with unfair umpires or biased rules or ill-prepared grounds? Good governance facilitates citizens to emerge as masters.”
He had also ordered an inquiry into the undervaluation of land deals done in four districts in Haryana, adjoining New Delhi, by Vadra.
The IAS officer was charged with administrative misconduct and exceeding jurisdiction while cancelling the mutation.
Both orders were passed by Khemka after he had been transferred as director general, consolidation and inspector general, registration by the state government. While he was transferred Oct 11, the orders were passed Oct 12 and 15.
Khemka had claimed that the orders were passed when he had not relinquished charge of these posts.
He has also being charge sheeted for going against service rules by going to the media openly and even criticizing government policies. Khemka had freely given TV and other media interviews while Vadra`s land controversies came out.
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