Citizens from the tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula launched a signature campaign asking Haryana government to stop prosecution of Dr Ashok Khemka
Citizens from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula have launched a signature drive asking Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to stop prosecution, drop charge sheet and an enquiry by CAG against IAS officer Dr Ashok Khemka.
Already over 17,500 people from India and abroad have signed an online petition at Change.org started by Sucheta Dalal, managing editor of Moneylife and founder-trustee of Moneylife Foundation.
Dr Khemka dared to question the land deals of Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, with the powerful realty giant DLF, which magically transferred into humungous profits from Mr Vadra.
When that happened, the Haryana government did not stop at mere transfer. It wants to crush and victimize Dr Khemka. The Haryana chief minister served Dr Khemka a charge sheet for "having caused damage to the reputation of Robert Vadra and that of DLF," and also for "illegally" cancelling the land deal. It also started an investigation into Dr Khemka's role as the MD of Haryana Warehousing Corporation, designed to harass and intimidate him. In an unprecedented move, the state government has ordered an audit by State Auditor General targeted only at him.
Anish Aggarwal, a concerned citizen of Haryana, who is helping Change.org, reach out to the public, said, "Dr Ashok Khemka has remained dedicated to the task of serving the people of India in line with the ethics of the elite service that he joined. But that has not gone down well with our politicians. He has been transferred 44 times in 22 years - and thrice in 2012 alone."
"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," Aggarwal said.
At Moneylife Foundation’s 4th anniversary celebration, Dr Khemka spoke about how people remain mute spectators even when they see someone being bashed in public.
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