New Delhi, Apr. 5 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday lashed out at the ruling Congress Party over the transfer of senior Haryana Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Ashok Khemka, who had kicked up a political storm alleging irregularities in land deals involving businessman Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF.
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that the Congress party must clarify the intentions behind Khemka’s transfer.
“What is the crime of Ashok Khemka that he deserves transfer after transfer? The Congress government must answer that the reason for their grudge against Khemka, is it the investigation he conducted in the DLF land deal? And that is why he is repeatedly transferred. This is completely unfortunate,” said Hussain.
Meanwhile, former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi said that Khemka was suffering because of the raging corruption in the system.
“Honesty has become a minority in our administration system. The majority is either afraid of corrupt. Officers like Khemka, who are honest and brave, are now in minority. And people like him are now a threat to the government; hence it has become necessary for the government to isolate them,” she said.
Janata Dal (United) leader Shivanand Tiwari also came out in support of Khemka.
“Officer like Khemka will only face such consequences. People like him do not grind with the system. Under the current system, many things need to be digested, plastered or covered, but Khemka works in a complete opposite manner. He believes in unveiling the truth,” Tiwari told the media in Patna.
“So, when the system is for plastering the truth, while he is a whistleblower, then how can stay at one place for long,” he added.
Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat, however, defended Khemka’s transfer by saying that it was the prerogative of the state government.
“This is the prerogative of the state government, which officer to transfer based on their performance, either he is fit or unfit, it is the decision of the state government,” said Rawat.
Khemka, 47, has now been posted as Secretary, Haryana Archives. The IAS officer has been transferred over 40 times during his 21-year-long career.
Khemka was transferred from Director General Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration in October last year after he gave a probe order of land deals between UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi son-in-law and DLF. (ANI)