Why Ashok Khemka gets hurt when others call him 'whistleblower' officer?

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Chandigarh, Apr 9: Known for his impeccable integrity, senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka has always been a bureaucrat of the highest order, who performs his duty with effective honesty. 

Khemka, who recently expressed his pain over being transferred from the post of Commissioner-Secretary Haryana Transport department, tweeted on Wednesday saying that he is pained to be called a 'whistle blower'. 

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"Hurt when labelled whistle-blower officer. I do what is expected of public servants. Not doing so would be misconduct," he tweeted.

He was reacting to the news of him being called a whistleblower after his latest transfer to Archaeology and Museums department.

He added, "Neither pro nor anti. Constantly endeavour to perform my duty with effective honesty and without fear or favour or too much red-tape."

Unlike others in bureaucratic fraternity who enjoy cozy relationships with top political brass, Khemka's "in-your-face style of working" has given him 45th transfer in 24 years of service. [The long and short of IAS officer Ashok Khemka's career]

His longest tenure has been in Culture and Archives Administration, a department under Archives and Archaeology where he served around 18 months.

Khemka, who has a doctorate in Computer Science besides a Master's degree in Economics and an MBA degree, shot into limelight after he questioned Congress party President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's land deals in Haryana.

Khemka, had also received death threats, soon after he came out against Vadra-DLF deals.

Khemka's latest transfer had created a furore in the country, with many calling it as a vindictive treatment for an honest upright IAS officer.

BJP earlier had downplayed the incident terming it as a routine transfer. [Whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka transferred yet again; BJP downplays it

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