New Delhi, July 15: Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka has topped the Law entrance exam which was recently conducted by Punjab university. Reportedly upright officer Khemka, a whistleblower in the Robert Vadra land deal secured 166.37 marks in the entrance test.
According to TOI report, the officer was among the 3,987 candidates who had appeared for 3-year LLB course. The Punjab University(PU) had conducted the entrance examination on June 19. On Wednesday, PU released the provisional merit list of the law exam.
It is being said that the 50-year-old bureaucrat aims to pursue law as carrier option post retirement.
He was quoted as saying, "I always had an interest in law. I will do the evening course. I intend to take up this profession after my retirement. So, I have decided to pursue this course".
On Tuesday, BJP government in Haryana ordered a chargesheet against Ashok Khemka for allegedly causing avoidable financial loss to Haryana Seed Development Corporation (HSDC) in 2012-13 on account of unsold stocks of wheat seeds.
The move came to fore eight months after the government dropped a chargesheet against the 1991-batch IAS officer where he was charged by the previous Congress regime with exceeding his jurisdiction as he had cancelled the mutation of a land deal between a firm owned by Congress president Sonia Gandhis son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty major DLF.
That chargesheet against Khemka was dropped by the BJP regime in November, 2015. The latest chargesheet, dated July 1, was served on him on July 8.
Khemka, was transferred by the Congress government from the post of MD, HSDC within days after he had cancelled the mutation of the Vadra-DLF land deal in October, 2012.
However, Khemka, currently the Principal Secretary to Haryana Government, Science and Technology Department, was transferred on several occasions after that including during the current Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government
(With inputs from PTI)