Pradeep Kasni, new Khemka on scene?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2014 16:12 IST

His Twitter account reads something like this: Once a poet, critic and author of few titles, now an epistemological struggler whatever this means. An exile from Haryana… But 1997 batch IAS officer, Pradeep Kasni, who on Sunday objected to the appointments of State Information Commissioners and Right to Service Commissioners is getting rave reviews in the media. Touted as the new Ashok Khemka, the soft spoken Kasni has suddenly become the darling of the media as well as the opposition parties.

On Monday, Haryana CPM lauded Kasni ‘s actions of raising objections on the file. “The disputed appointments be put on hold and all the discrepancies pointed by secretary, administrative reforms, Pradeep Kasni, be examined afresh,’’ said state CPM general secretary Inderjit Singh.

Kasni’s IAS colleagues are too admiring his courage to put his objections and views on these appointments in black and white. “How many officers have the courage of writing what they feel is correct,’’ said a senior colleague.

Meanwhile, Kasni’s IAS colleague Ashok Khemka told a TV channel that people become pliable to procure post retirement sinecure. “Lure for postretirement sinecures is harming institutions. New agencies are created to dangle crumbs before pliable bureaucrats and judges,’’ Khemka tweeted.


Kasni on Monday demanded an apology from chief secretary SC Choudhary for sending nerveracking text messages to him on Sunday night. Quoting what the chief secretary had written in the text message — Congrats, you have become a celebrity. I wish you success for the remaining years of service —, the IAS officer said he was shocked to receive the text message at 2 am.

The IAS officer said that he would not like to share the remaining content of the message which he termed as intimidating. Choudhary said that Kasni was a dear colleague and what he texted him was in sheer fun. “He comes from my district and I have known him for years. He is dear to me,’’ he said.

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