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Ashok Khemka transferred for 46th time, this time by the BJP govt!
Dr Khemka continues to be transferred by the Haryana government, whether it is headed by a Congress' Bhupinder Singh Hooda or BJP's Manohar Lal Khattar
 
Ashok Khemka, senior officer from Indian Administrative Services (IAS) cadre, who had blown the lid off from the controversial multi-crore rupee land deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, has been once again transferred by the Haryana government. The Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government transferred Dr Khemka to Archaeology and Museums Department from Transport department. This is the 46th transfer in 24 years for Dr Khemka, an upright and honest officer, and this time he was transferred in just 128 days.
 
This is what Dr Khemka has tweeted on Wednesday…
 
 
What is more shocking in the current transfer orders is Dr Khemka is posted at a rank that is normally assigned to an IAS officer, who has 16 years of experience. Dr Khemka is a senior IAS officer with 24 years of experience. 
 
Notably, as Transport Commissioner, Dr Khemka had refused to issue fitness certificates to over-sized trucks and trailers for carrying automobiles leading to a truckers' strike in January.
 
Later, the truckers withdrew their strike after the Haryana government gave them one year’s time to get their vehicles modified as per the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), 1989.
 
 
Just last week, Dr Khemka's action in the Vadra-DLF land license deal was vindicated in a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The report, tabled in the State Assembly, blamed Haryana's previous Congress government led by then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for showing undue favours to Vadra in his land deal with DLF.
 
Dr Khemka tweeted: "My action in VADRA-DLF land-license deal vindicated in CAG report, but continue to suffer the stigma of charge sheet."
 
He also questioned the CAG report saying that several issues (were left) untouched in the CAG report and cycle of corruption involved the triad, business, politics and bureaucracy.
 
  
The upright IAS officer, who had ordered the scrapping of the land deal saying, that it was illegal, was transferred and served a charge sheet for his actions by the Hooda government, which gave Vadra a clean chit.
 
"Real culprits sit in judgment over me. My pain and suffering may help to detox and cleanse the body politic," Dr Khemka tweeted, without naming anyone.
 
With reference to the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Haryana, Dr Khemka questioned whether those involved in wrongdoings in land deals and looting public money would face any action.
 
"Black-marketing of licenses and permits to cronies is loot of public wealth. Will action be taken against the black-marketers?" he had asked.
 
 
The 45th transfer of Dr Khemka by the BJP government is quite surprising. Especially, when last year, there were reports that he would be transferred to the Centre on deputation and his file was cleared by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 
“The Union Cabinet secretary has made a recommendation to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to transfer the 1991-batch IAS officer, from Haryana to the central government. The PMO has also cleared Ashok Khemka's name and the communication is being sent to the Haryana government,” a July 2014 report from India Today said.
 
As a member of the Haryana cadre, Dr Khemka has been through dozens of departments including fisheries, housing, AIDS control, finance, planning, land administration, rural development, supplies and disposal, social justice and empowerment. He has also served as the managing director of Haryana’s public sector units in warehousing, seeds and electronics.
 
Then, suddenly in October 2012, he became a household name, when heading the land consolidation department, he simply cancelled a sweetheart land deal between DLF, the real estate giant and Skylight Hospitality owned by Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law. Dr Khemka had been in this job for less than three months.
 
The Congress government of Bhupinder Hooda reacted in the two ways they always react. One, by shunting Dr Khemka out. And two, by serving him a chargesheet for having caused damage to the reputation of Robert Vadra and that of real estate giant DLF, and for "illegally" cancelling the land deal.
 
Then in March 2014, citizens from the tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula launched a signature campaign asking Haryana government to stop prosecution of Dr Khemka. 
 
"He (Dr Khemka) is unique because his actions have never been targeted at any political party, but only against corruption. We need more people like him to rebuild India’s steel frame, which is our administrative service. Let us tell Haryana that we, the People will not stand silent while the state persecutes and crushes honest officials," said Anish Aggarwal, who helped a Change.org petition to reach out to common citizens.
 
The online petition, started by Sucheta Dalal, managing editor of Moneylife and founder-trustee of Moneylife Foundation, received support from 26,285 people from India and abroad. (http://www.moneylife.in/events/Signthispetition/)
 
At Moneylife Foundation’s 4th anniversary celebration last year, Dr Khemka spoke about how people remain mute spectators even when they see someone being bashed in public.
 
The Haryana government, in its recent order has posted Dr Khemka as Secretary, Archaeology and Museums Department and Director General, Archaeology and Museums.
 

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manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

Ashok Khemka transferred for 46th time, this time by the BJP govt!/ Like this personalty should give up his JOB and should join Arvind Kejriwal or become a ACTIVIST and start serving to a conman man and take THOUSANTS of BLESSING rather then fighting with CORRUPT people.

shanti Patel

2 years ago

Shame for BJP. Firt HERO now ZERO. It seems that Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin.

It reminds me of Mr.Arun Bhatia who was transferred to Archaeology and Museums Department by the then Chief Minister Mr.Sharad Pawar from Municipal Commissioner of Poona. Why because he started taking firm action against 5 star hotels for encroachment.

I think now people of India should stand-up as one and raise voice against such government supported by undesirable peoples.

S.K.PATEL


manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

Ashok Khemka transferred for 46th time, this time by the BJP govt!
this instance is a approval of equality between CONGRESS as well as BJP have no difference.as ANNAJEE tallied at PUBLIC gatherings.

SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

The Neta-Babu-Cop-Milard-Crony Kleptocracy is non partisan. Plundering India is an inclusive and secular project as is breaking the law, if and when you can. Khemka has taken on the Kleptocracy. I predicted this a long time ago. This is India.

Rampant crime makes Lucknow UP's 'crime capital'!
Police have failed to crack many cases and to meet deadlines set by the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to bring the situation under control
 
Even as the Uttar Pradesh government of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claims in big newspaper advertisements that it has brought about rapid improvement in the law and order situation in the state during its rule, 42 murders in three months, 20 major robberies, a bank heist that left three people dead has led to many here calling Lucknow not only the adminstrative capital but the "crime capital" of Uttar Pradesh.
 
While police officials admit that serious policing has been hit hard in the city, Lucknow's Senior Superintendent of Police Yashaswi Yadav insists that the law and order situation has actually improved. Inspector General of Police Zaki Ahmed admits to a spurt in crime in Lucknow, but says "serious efforts are on to check them".
 
Other police officers say that notwithstanding the crime graph, Yashaswi Yadav remains a favourite of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
 
While poor law and order has been the Achilles' heel for the Samajwadi Party government in the past three years, the sudden spurt in crime in the capital has shocked even the most loyal government supporters.
 
Police have failed to crack many cases and to meet deadlines set by the chief minister to bring the situation under control.
 
A senior police official here told IANS that "serious policing has gone for a toss" in Lucknow and "all that is happening is an eyewash".
 
Insiders in the police department accuse Yashaswi Yadav of browbeating some of his colleagues and breaking the hierarchy.
 
"The result is there for everyone to see," lamented one official.
 
Records show that there have also been 30 attempts to murder, ATMs have been robbed of crores of rupees and 125 thefts have taken place, besides many other crimes.
 
Since Tuesday alone, a headless body was found in a drain near the office of the director general of police, a semi-naked body was recovered elsewhere and a state secretariat employee was shot at.
 
Under similar conditions, senior policemen have been normally shunted out or suspended. But Yashaswi Yadav has come out unscathed.
 
The officer, however, rebuts charges of soaring crime. "Except in the case of murders, crimes under various heads have come down," Yadav told IANS.
 
"Most major cases have been worked out and in the ones that have not yet been, we are in the right direction," he added.
 
"We are on the right track, law and order has improved and the traffic scene in the city is much better than before. As a professional, I take immense satisfaction on all these achievements," Yadav said.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party are not impressed by Yadav's defence.
 
"The chief minister is turning a blind eye to the declining standards of policing to patronize his pet officials," said Vijay Bahadur Pathak, the BJP spokesman. 
 
"This is a great disservice to the people of the state," Pathak added.
 
BSP's Swamy Prasad Maurya, leader of the opposition in the state assembly, is scathing in his attack. The situation, he says, is "chaotic and criminals are running berserk" in Lucknow.

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Twentyfirst Century Management Services (TCMS) is apparently engaged in trading and investment in Indian capital markets. In 1998, its registration as a merchant banker was revoked for not exercising due diligence. In 2008, TCMS was suspended from trading due to non-compliance with the listing agreement. TCMS cites poor market conditions for its poor financial performance in the past few years. Because of low retail participation, TCMS withdrew the broking services offered by its subsidiary Twentyfirst Century Shares and Securities and surrendered the trading membership of the NSE. It reported marginal revenues and a net loss in past few years. But, suddenly, over the past few quarters, its fortunes changed. For four quarters ended December 2014, it generated revenues of Rs19.35 crore while net profit amounted to Rs14.87 crore. The stock price is up 926% to Rs39 (on 20 March 2015) from Rs3.80 on 19 March 2014. The stock averages just about 75 trades a day, with an average daily turnover of only Rs6 lakh. Not suspicious enough for the regulator, despite the stock’s vertical trajectory? 

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