Khemka opposes method used to serve charge sheet

Whistleblower IAS officer writes strongly-worded letter to govt

A day after he was served a charge-sheet for wrongfully cancelling the land deal between Robert Vadra and DLF, whistleblower officer Ashok Khemka wrote a strongly worded letter to Chief Secretary P K Chaudhary objecting to the manner in which the charge-sheet was delivered at his residence at night in his absence, instilling fear in the minds of his kin.

In a letter to chief secretary, Khemka wrote, “I am not a fugitive and on duty in my office on Thursday. The chargesheet could have been served upon me in the office.” He said his family members may not be punished for my ‘sins’ of exposing the high and mighty in scams of land licensing, seeds and replacement of asbestos cement in roofing sheets for foodgrain godowns and rural drinking water supplies. Khemka informed Chaudhary that there had been threats to his family that political goons might vandalize his residence at night.

Khemka complained to Chaudhary about the manner in which his son was forced to accept the chargesheet with the warning that if he refused, the delivery would be recorded as “refusal to accept.” Khemka said his son was preparing for Class XII and other competitive examinations. His mother is 73 years old and under constant medical supervision. He said the episode had created terror in their minds.

Khemka has sought directions to initiate criminal defamation proceedings against those who leaked the contents of the chargesheet. “The chargesheet is private between the employer and the employee. Publishing the chargesheet in the media is an act of criminal defamation”, he said.

Such leakage was a deliberate attempt to malign him due to the exposure of the rentier-capitalist business model of a member from the ruling political family in the land licensing scam, in addition to cooking motivated allegations pertaining to his earlier tenure at Haryana Seeds Development Corporation and Haryana State Warehousing Corporation without giving him any opportunity to explain his case, he held.

Seeking information under the Right to Information Act, Khemka said he be provided with a list of IAS officers who were chargesheeted in the past 10-years along with imputation and articles of charges. He also sought to know how the chargesheet was served upon the affected officer, the place, time and the person to whom the chargesheet was served.

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