Fruits of Karma, Referee speaks

I do my duty with Gita in mind, says Ashok Khemka

Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka’s 100-page report on alleged sham land transactions by Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, rocked the Parliament on Tuesday.

But the officer, who has apparently been given another punishment posting as secretary of the Haryana state archives, is unfazed and unworried.

In an interview given to the Hindustan Times, he said one had to do his duty without fear and favour.

“I didn’t expect to be garlanded for whatever I had done. Holy Gita speaks about ‘nishkaam karya’. You have to do your duty without fear and favour and dispassionately. I do my duty with the philosophy of the Gita,” said the officer.

He said he had nothing against Vadra. “I am just doing my duty. If I don’t do my duty, it is dereliction of duty; it is a misconduct of omission and betrayal of public trust. It is not a question of friendship or enmity. A referee is supposed to blow the whistle when there is a foul or a goal.”

He also said did not want be called a whistle blower. “That’s a dirty word to use. I am just doing my duty.”

He also admitted to lot of political pressure.

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