Former Haryana minister and Congress MLA Karan Singh Dalal has accused the BJP government in the state of misusing IAS officer Ashok Khemka to harm former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress MLA from Palwal said while the BJP government had ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of Raxil fungicide at Khemka’s behest, “the fact” was that Khemka, as director agriculture in 2007, had promoted use of the fungicide.
Dalal, who was addressing a press conference on Friday, quoted a communication from additional chief secretary, excise and taxation, Roshan Lal to Haryana chief secretary DS Dhesi, in which Lal has raised the issue of Khemka not only promoting the use of branded fungicides — Vitavax, Bavistin and Raxil — for wheat seed treatment but also getting advertisements issued in newspapers stating treatment of wheat with Raxil also controlled Karnal Bunt disease in the crop.
Demanding that Khemka’s role also be investigated by the CBI in the Raxil case, the Congress MLA said he had written to the Haryana governor in this regard. “Khemka himself promoted the use of Raxil fungicide and later on alleged a scam in its purchase just to gain cheap publicity,” Dalal wrote in his letter to the governor.
The state government should seriously consider the facts stated by Roshan Lal, an IAS officer who has an impeccable track record, he said.
The Palwal MLA said certain actions of the BJP government in the state clearly indicated a “quid pro quo” (give and take) between the saffron party and Khemka. Dalal said Khemka was promoted to the rank of principal secretary despite the fact that a vigilance inquiry was pending against him, which was in violation of the rules. When asked to comment on Dalal’s statement, Khemka didn’t reply.