Ashok Khemka on Transfer: I Feel as if Crash Landing Has Happened, Will Overcome
New Delhi, Nov 13: Ashok Khemka, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from Haryana, termed his sudden transfer as crash landing and said he will soon overcome this. Ashok Khemka was among 13 IAS officers who were transferred by the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana on Sunday. The senior IAS officer, who held the charge of principal secretary, social justice and empowerment department, was transferred and posted as principal secretary, sports and youth affairs.
“I feel as if a crash landing has happened, will overcome this. I will work in the new department with full energy,” Ashok Khemka told news agency ANI. “It is fine if it has been done in public interest but saddening if done for vested interests,” he added. Khemka, a 1991-batch-IAS officer, has been transferred more than 46 times during his nearly three-decade-long career after he exposed corruption in the departments he was posted in.
On Sunday, Ashok Khemka took to Twitter to vent out his anger on his sudden transfer. “So much work planned. News of another transfer. Crash landing again. Vested interests win. Deja vu. But this is temporary. Will continue with renewed vigour and energy” Khemka tweeted.
So much work planned. News of another transfer. Crash landing again. Vested interests win. Déjà vu. But this is temporary.
Will continue with renewed vigour and energy.
— Ashok Khemka (@AshokKhemka_IAS) November 12, 2017
Notably, the transfer order came a month after Ashok Khemka asked a Haryana minister to return an official jeep he was using. He also wrote a letter requesting the minister to return the vehicle in the “public interest.” The minister denied the allegation and said that he was using the vehicle’s driver and not the vehicle itself.
Ashok Khemka drew attention in 2012 when he cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company and realty major DLF. Khemka, who was then served in Haryana revenue department, had also unearthed alleged illegal deals between Vadra and DLF.