Haryana bureaucrat Pradeep Kasni transferred, 60th time in 30 years

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Chandigarh, August 6: After Ashok Khemka, another IAS officer had to pay the heavy price of honesty in Haryana on Wednesday.

According to reports, Pradeep Kasni, an honest IAS officer has faced 60 transfers in his 30 year old career in the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in Haryana.

Kasni, a 1977 batch IAS officer, has been now shunted out at a low-profile assignment as the Administrator of the Command Area Development Agency (CADA) in Panchkula, against a vacant post.

His transfer comes at a time when he objected to the appointment of new members of State Information Commission (SICs) and the Commissioners of Right to Service Commission (RTSCs).

"I don't know why I was transferred. Only government can tell. I am used to transfers as I have seen 60 (transfers) in my service of 30 years. I don't know for how long I would be allowed to stay on this assignment," Kasni told an agency.

Haryana's Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Pradeep Kasni, had red-flagged the appointments on the grounds that rules had allegedly not been followed.

Kasni, who joined the state civil service in 1984, has been transferred 10 months after he took charge as the secretary, administrative reforms department.

In the file notings, Kasni wrote that no appointment letters could be issued as the persons recommended, including the two SICs, were holding an office of profit.

The IAS officer had informed the Chief Secretary SC Chaudhary that swearing-in ceremony of officers could not be held as appointment formalities were incomplete.

Kasni, thus, refused to back Chief Minister Hooda's decision to go ahead with controversial appointments of five people to constitutional posts.

First threat, then apology

Hours after his refusal, Kasni alleged that SC Chaudhary texted and dared him to "show the messages to media".

"Good night... please enjoy your new status of being a celebrity... But agar apni maa ka doodh piya h to mere saare msg press ko dikha dena (If you are a man, I dare you to show my messages to the press)," read the SMS.

Talking to a news agency, Kasni further alleged that the messages sent by the Haryana Chief Secretary threatened him to worry about his time left in office.

According to a news agency, Chaudhary later apologised to Kasni saying, "Pradeep Kasni is my friend; We exchange jokes with each other. I have sent a text message to him and have said that I regret my words if I have hurt your sentiments. I have written this and I am not denying it.He is my friend and he will continue to remain my friend, he has not replied to my SMS. I think he should have come straight to me but instead he chose to go to media."

On Friday, August 1st, former chief secretary S.C. Choudhary, who retired on Thursday, was appointed chief commissioner of the Right to Service (RTS) Commission, while Lt. Gen. (retired) Virender Singh Tonk was appointed commissioner on the RTS Commission.

The names of the new appointees were cleared by the former state governor Jagannath Pahadia on July 25, on the last day of his tenure.

According to the BJP and INLD, the Hooda government's move is 'unconstitutional and applicants should have left their offices of profit at the time of applying itself, the last date of which ended earlier this month.

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