STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Chandigarh, 25 October
In more trouble for Mr Ashok Khemka, a former subordinate has accused the whistleblower Haryana IAS officer of using casteist remarks against him. The officer had made adverse remarks in the annual confidential report (ACR) of the employee belonging to the scheduled caste.
Acting on the complaint, a Panchkula court on Wednesday ordered police investigations against the 1991-batch officer to determine whether he made casteist remarks against the technical assistant Mr Vijay Dahiya.
The latter is employed with Haryana Warehousing Corporation (HWC) which was headed by Mr Khemka as managing director till 2010.
In a letter to chief secretary Mr PK Chaudhery dated 8 October, Mr Khemka alleged that principal secretary (agriculture), Mr Roshan Lal, who set aside adverse remarks in Mr Dahiya&’s ACR in 2012, is behind this complaint even as the latter has denied any role in it.
Mr Dahiya alleged that Mr Khemka used to hate the SC community in general and SC employees in particular. He alleged that while being posted as MD of HWC, Mr Khemka threatened to destroy his promising carrier as he belonged to the SC community.
He filed an application for registering an FIR against Mr Khemka under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989, last month.
Acting on a complaint filed by a retired employee of the HSWC and evidence, Mr Khemka had recorded in the ACR for 2009-10, “…Vijay Dahiya sat on files and even took some files at home. There were complaints that he demanded money from retired employees for clearing their no dues cases. His integrity is adverse.”
Mr Khemka, who is facing a second charge-sheet, had alleged earlier this week that he was being victimised and publicly humiliated for exposing “open public loot” and not toeing the line of the “political masters”.
“My biggest ‘crime’, of course, was cancellation of the mutation by Shri Robert Vadra’s Sky Light Hospitality to DLF Universal on 15 October 2012,” he said in a letter to the chief secretary on Monday while referring to the controversial land deals between Robert Vadra and the DLF.
The government has chargesheeted Mr Khemka for overstepping his jurisdiction in the cancellation of this Vadra-DLF land deal. He is currently posted in Chandigarh as the director general of Archives since April this year.
The government is filing another charge-sheet against him for failing to meet the targets that were set for the sale of seeds while he was MD of the Haryana Seed Development Corporation.