Haryana Government Promotes Whistleblower IAS Officer Ashok Khemka
Whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka. (Photo courtesy: Khemka’s Facebook page)
Whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka. (Photo courtesy: Khemka’s Facebook page)

Haryana Government Promotes Whistleblower IAS Officer Ashok Khemka

Ashok Khemka, senior IAS officer of Haryana cadre, has been promoted as principal secretary. Five others have been promoted too, by the Haryana government, an official spokesman confirmed on Friday.

Apart from Khemka, five other IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers of the 1991 batch, namely Vineet Garg, Anil Malik, Shrikant Walgad, Apoorva Kumar Singh and Abhilaksh Likhi, have been promoted to the higher administrative grade.

Khemka, whose actions even attracted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention, hit national headlines in October 2012. He hit news headlines after cancelling the mutation of a Rs 58-crore land deal between Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF and ordered a probe into the controversial land deals.

Khemka, an IIT graduate, was expected to get an important assignment after the BJP came to power in Haryana in October 2014. However, he was posted in the transport department.

In April 2015, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government transferred Khemka to the inconsequential post of secretary, Archaeology and Museums Department and director general, Archaeology and Museums.

It was Khemka’s 47th transfer in 24 years. The post is considered of virtually no importance. After that, on 2 April 2015 Khemka tweeted,