No rule binds me from writing to CM: Khemka

There is no rule, which binds me from writing a letter to the chief minister, said Haryana's whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had on Monday questioned Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the posting of an HCS officer on a cadre post.

Khemka was summoned by the Haryana Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery on Tuesday afternoon. After a 30-minute conversation with the chief secretary in his office at the Civil Secretariat, Khemka told mediapersons that whatever he had written to Hooda was in his personal capacity and there was no rule, which binds him from doing so.

"I am like a daughter, who left her home (West Bengal in my case) and came to Haryana. Now, Haryana is my home and I am domiciled here. The state's interests are mine and I work for Haryana's interests. I am not vindictive. In my letter, I have clearly mentioned that the views expressed in the letter were not of either Haryana Seeds Development Corporation or any other government body," he added.

Khemka had written a scathing note to Hooda questioning the appointment of HCS officer Vivek Atray on two cadre posts, including as HARTRON managing director and deputy secretary and director of electronics and information technology.

Khemka, a 1990-batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was given a non-cadre post as MD, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, after he cancelled the mutation of a land deal between the company owned by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and real estate giant DLF.

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