Accompanying the media delegation to US along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a famous TV anchor asked a non-resident India what was the biggest problem afflicting India. When the NRI said ‘corruption’, the anchor asked ‘Have you seen corruption?’ When the NRI did not respond, the anchor persistently asked, ‘have you seen corruption?’ until the NRI said ‘no’.
Corruption is not to be seen but understood. Senior IAS officer Pradeep Kasni who shot to fame when he accused the Chief Secretary of sending him objectionable text messages related to his appointment, has served at one posting only for an average of 6-months during his entire 30-year career as bureaucrat. Believe it or not, the honest IAS officer has faced 60 transfers in his 30 year old career, thus showing that not just the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government but even the previous governments in the state couldn’t see eye-to-eye with honesty.
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 from the present posting of Secretary Administrative Reforms 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), on the ground that rules had allegedly not been followed.
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.
Remarkably, Kasni held the present position of Secretary, Administrative Reforms for 10 months before being transferred. Upon being served the new transfer order, Kasni is reported to have said: “”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’s tiff with the former Chief Secretary SC Chaudhary has become the talk of the town in recent days. Upon his refusal to obey certain orders, which he deemed not fit, Kasni alleged that SC Chaudhary texted him 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 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 media reports, 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.”