Pradeep Kasni who was removed from the post of Gurgaon divisional commissioner barely a month after his appointment is known for his daring and outspoken image within the circle of bureaucrats.
He was promoted to the Indian Administrative Service in 2008 and made Gurgaon divisional commissioner on November 21. During his career, Kasni has taken on many senior officials, including former state chief secretary. On an average, he has worked for not more than six months at one place.
On July 29 last year, Kasni had openly objected to the appointment of new information commissioners by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government. He not only accused the then Haryana chief secretary SC Choudhary of threatening him, but also made a Choudhary’s mobile text message public. The text message sent to Kasni read, “Good night… please enjoy your new status of being a celebrity… But agar apni maa ka doodh piya ho to mere saare msg press ko dikha dena (if you are a man, I dare you to show my messages to the media).”
Choudhary had to tender an apology to Kasni the next day.
Kasni’s style of functioning has earned the ire of many senior government officials as well as politicians, though his proximity with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is also well-known in the bureaucratic circles. However, Khattar became inaccessible for Kasni soon after his transfer.
On Thursday, Kasni managed to meet the chief minister in Chandigarh.
The meeting was held in two sessions of one hour each — first at CM’s official residence and then at his office at the secretariat. Kasni was transferred from his post on December 23 — 62nd time since 1984 when he started his career as Haryna Civil Service officer.
Reacting to his recent transfer order, Kasni had said that his probe about an alleged nexus between revenue department officials and land grabbers has led to his removal.
The deals under his scanner included 50 acres of land in the Aravallis hills in Raisena region, about 3-acres Panchayati land in Akleempur and many others owned by individuals having political connections and builders.
Another alleged land fraud under his radar was a land measuring over 400 acres involving an MLA in Gurgaon division.
On December 23, Kasni had signed an order cancelling seven fake mutations of eight acres of government land at a prime location in Harsaru village and also withdrew all powers of district revenue officers.
1956 Kasni was born.
Hails from Bhiwani district, Haryana.
Educational Qualification: MA (English), LLB.
1984 batch Haryana Civil Services officer.
2008 Promoted to Indian Administrative Service.
November 21 Appointed as Gurgaon divisional commissioner.
62 times Kasni has been transferred in his 30-year career.
Feb 2018 Retirement date.