Court dismisses plea for FIR against Ashok Khemka

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2015 23:01 IST

A court here on Monday dismissed an application that had sought registration of an FIR against Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as the complainant was repeatedly absent.

Complainant Vijay Dahiya, technical assistant with the Haryana State Warehousing Corporation (HSWC), had filed an application at the district courts of Panchkula for registering a case against Khemka in September, 2013.

The court had then marked an inquiry under section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to the police. The police found that there was no evidence in Dahiya's claims after investigating for over eight months. As many as 12 witnesses were examined by the police and it found no substance in allegations of Dahiya.

After May 2014, Dahiya did not appear before the court.

The allegations made by Dahiya pertained to the tenure of Khemka as managing director of HSWC. He had alleged that Khemka had used abusive language to demean his intellectual and moral character. He claimed that his annual confidential report (ACR) of 2009-10 was spoiled with adverse remarks that were false and frivolous. He told the court that when he challenged the adverse remarks they were set aside.

Khemka reacted to the allegations in a letter to then chief secretary PK Chaudhery dated October 8, 2013, a few days after the complaint was filed against him. He wrote that then principal secretary Roshan Lal had expunged the adverse remarks in the ACR of Dahiya, which he used to target him in the Panchkula court.

In February, 2014, the court here had also rejected a complaint for registering a case of abetment to suicide of a former employee of the housing board against Khemka.

Khemka has been seen as a whistleblower officer for years and has been transferred dozens of times by successive regimes. Most prominently, he had raised questions over a land deal between realty giant DLF and Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.

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