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Govt tapped my phones: Haryana IAS officer Khemka

Nagendar Sharma, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 16, 2013
First Published: 21:33 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:08 IST(17/8/2013)

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka has charged the state government with tapping his telephones and putting his family under surveillance after he exposed improper land deals allegedly involving Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

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According to Khemka’s lawyer, Anupam Gupta, the officer was also threatened with “dire consequences by powerful people” in the state since last October and his family is going through a tremendous mental torture.

“Can anything be more worse for any officer in his life than what I have silently suffered for having done my duty,” Khemka told HT.
“I do my work without fear since I believe that life is in the hands of god,” he said. 

Asked whether he is under any threat, Khemka referred to his 105-page response to the Haryana government on its committee report which rejected his findings on Vadra’s land deals.

“After the exposure of scams involving misappropriation of panchayat lands, the undersigned (Khemka) was subjected to untold mental pressure to psychologically break him down as punishment for the exposures,” he has written in his reply.

“The telephones are reportedly tapped and even the members of family are subjected to surveillance by the state CID sleuths. There are serious concerns of security,” Khemka has stated in the fifth chapter titled – Frequent transfers and mental torture as punishment.        

Khemka’s lawyer, Anupam Gupta questioned the state government’s version that the officer had acted improperly by cancelling the mutation of Vadra’s Gurgaon land deal after he had been transferred in October last year.

“Facts are sought to be turned on their head. Khemka was called by an important person of the political executive in the state on the evening of October 8, 2012, and given a dressing down for trying to prepare a report. He was transferred that midnight,” Gupta said.

“Haryana government followed a carrot and stick policy on Khemka so that the report could be dropped. An important bureaucratic functionary offered him a suitable adjustment on October 13, in case he agreed not to proceed with the report.

Khemka declined to comment on the matter, saying he would not like to go beyond what he had stated in his reply to the state government.   


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