Khemka, who took on Vadra, likely to get better posting in health ministry
Chandigarh: Haryana cadre senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had cancelled the mutation of a land deal involving Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, is likely to get better posting in health ministry.
Sources in the Haryana administration said that after state’s Health Minister Anil Vij red-flagged Khemka’s recent transfer, the chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has promised that the matter would be looked into favourably.
Vij, who opposed Khemka’s transfer — thereby differing with his senior Cabinet colleagues — has asked the chief minister to post the officer in the health ministry.
Khemka was transferred on April 1 — for the 46th time — to the archaeology and museums department.
His transfer became a bone of contention between minister Vij and others; the state government faced tough questions from several quarters about why the upright officer was transferred one more time.
Khemka was transferred again and again by the previous Congress government in the state, which was apparently unhappy with the officer’s actions that went against the interests of Robert Vadra.
It is not clear when exactly Khemka’s case will be taken up by the chief minister.
On Friday, minister Vij met the chief minister who said that the officer’s recent transfer was not right.
“The chief minister told me that Khemka is an honest officer and should not have been transferred.
“He listened to me patiently and has assured that he will be given due consideration. I have suggested him to post Khemka in my department.
“I am not only with Khemka but with every officer who performs his duty honestly,” Vij said. Vij also met governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and his Cabinet colleague Ram Bilas Sharma.
On Thursday, Khemka had met the chief minister; he had also called on the governor and chief secretary D S Dhesi.
After Khemka’s recent transfer it was alleged that he was shunted out due to pressure from the transport lobby.
It was alleged that the transfer was to counter Khemka’s actions against the errant truckers who violated the laws.
Khemka was serving as the transport commissioner of Haryana.
Chief Minister Khattar also faced tough questions from mediapersons during BJP’s National Executive meeting in Bengaluru recently.