Nothing called 'punishment posting' in govt: Hooda

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, under fire following the transfer of IAS officer Ashok Khemka today said there is nothing called a "punishment posting" in the government.

Talking on the sidelines of Vice President Hamid Ansari's visit to Chandigarh the chief minister said he did not want to join issues with Khemka. "The matter is with the chief secretary and it is best you ask him of what he intends to do."

When asked if the government was mulling over giving Khemka a better post than the seeds corporation- which was being looked upon as a punishment posting for having initiated an inquiry into the alleged Robert Vadra's land deals with DLF- Hooda said "There is nothing called punishment posting."

When asked if he admitted that Khemka was an honest officer of his team, Hooda said, "everyone is honest till proved otherwise."

He said the chief secretary was inquiring into the allegations made by Khemka in his letter.

When contacted the chief secretary Haryana, PK Chaudhry said he was busy with the parliamentary committee's visit in Kaithal.

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