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'Unfortunate that media given copy of chargesheet'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 05, 2013
First Published: 19:36 IST(5/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:43 IST(5/12/2013)

Ashok Khemka objected to the manner in which the chargesheet was handed over to his minor son on Wednesday night while he was out of the town.


 
He said he can’t recall any case in the history of public service where a minor member of the family of the officer was served a document in the night at his residence, when the same could have been handed over to the officer during office hours the following day.
 
“I am not a fugitive. I am on duty today in the office,” he said.
 
He wrote to chief secretary on Thursday that the chargesheet was a private matter between the employer and the employee but leaking it to the media “is an act of criminal defamation”.
 
“It is unfortunate that a vernacular newspaper was provided a copy of the chargesheet on December 4 evening even before it was served to me,” he alleged.
 
The IAS officer alleged the leaks to the media were deliberate to malign him, as he had exposed “the rentier-capitalist business model’’ of a member (read Vadra) from the ruling political family in the land-licensing scam.
 
“Allegations have been cooked up regarding my earlier tenures at HSDC and Haryana State Warehousing Corporation without giving me any opportunity to explain,” he said.
 
Khemka hoped that the chief secretary would order an investigation into the “planned leaks” from the government and take exemplary action against the persons responsible for the criminal defamation.
 
“I hope you would not unfairly prevent me from publishing my response to the chargesheet and other allegations since the matter has already appeared in media,” he said.

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He said handing over the chargesheet to his minor son at night had aggravated the “sense of terror” in the minds of his family members.
 
“My son is preparing for exams and my 73-year-old mother was highly perturbed by such incidents. She is under constant medical supervision. There are threats to family members that political goons may vandalise the residence in night hours, creating a feeling of terror in our minds,” he said.

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