Was praised by Haryana govt over my action: IAS officer Kasni

Chandigarh: Dismissing report of differences with Haryana government, senior IAS officer Pradeep Kasni today said he was praised by government over his report about “nexus” between revenue officials and land grabbers, three days after he was removed as Gurgaon divisional commissioner.

Senior IAS officer Pradeep Kasni
Senior IAS officer Pradeep Kasni
“Regarding Harsaru and other land scams, the government feels the action I took was right and they have praised me for that,” Kasni told reporters here after meeting Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Kasni, who was shifted from the post of Gurgaon Divisional Commissioner recently just about a month after being posted there, seemed to have brought to the Chief Minister’s notice his ‘expose’ on the Harsaru village land in Gurgaon where his inquiry exposed a mafia-revenue officials’ nexus.

Meanwhile, making an official statement in the land scam exposed by Kasni, the government on Wednesday said that deputy commissioner of Gurgaon would investigate the matter within 15 days as per the orders of the outgoing divisional commissioner

On the basis of an inquiry, Kasni had revealed a “nexus” between revenue officials and land grabbers, revealing how government land worth crores situated in Harsaru village, which has almost become part of Gurgaon urban agglomeratation, was transferred to private companies three years back illegally and never taken back, despite the matter coming to the notice of senior officers.

On December 22, Kasni passed an order asking for registration of an FIR against a tehsildar for wrongly sanctioning six mutations related to Harsaru in 2011, apart from snatching powers from current district revenue officer of Gurgaon.

According to a government spokesperson, Kasni had observed that huge loss had been incurred to the state government by wrongful sanction of the mutations. “In view of the findings of inquiry conducted by Kasni, he had asked Gurgaon’s collector to quickly crosscheck the facts and pass an order within 15 days to secure the interests of state government,” said the spokesperson, adding that government had not received any “inquiry report” from Kasni.

Inputs with PTI