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‘Filthy’ finger at Haryana chief secy

Chandigarh, July 29 (PTI): A senior Haryana IAS officer who had expressed concerns about the manner of appointment of information commissioners by the state government today accused the chief secretary of sending him text messages in “filthy language”.

Pradeep Kasni, the secretary (administrative reforms), said officers should not be “lured” by post-retirement benefits. Chief secretary S.C. Choudhary, who retires in two days, said the messages were “intended to be jokes” but expressed “regret” if it had hurt Kasni.

“The SMSes are objectionable, written in bad language and are in bad taste. All these messages are in bad language and not ones which carry an encouraging tone,” Kasni told reporters in Chandigarh.

One message attributed to Choudhary reads: “Good night. Please enjoy your new status of being a celebrity. But agar apni maa ka doodh piya hai to mere saare msg press ko dikha dena (If you are a man, I dare you to show my messages to the media).”

Choudhary, who has been appointed the chairman of the right to service commission, said he was “pained” to hear Kasni’s reaction.

“We are like brothers and know each other well as we belong to the same district. All the messages sent by me were intended to be jokes which friends usually exchange among themselves. However, I offered my regret to him today, saying there was no intention to cause any hurt,” the chief secretary said.

Kasni said he and Choudhary had never exchanged messages as friends. “The messages were in filthy language. I am shocked,” he said.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s move to administer the oath of office to information commissioners has been described by the Opposition as “unconstitutional”.

Kasni said the search committee set up to select the information commissioners had not done its job. “There is pressure on officers to do wrong things. It is my duty to point out if things are wrong,” he said.