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17 crore property bag, VIP treatment and fake certificates… the story of picky IAS Pooja Khedkar

Nita Yadav

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Many IAS and IPS of the country are frequently in the news. Some for their good deeds and some for being in controversies. Currently Pooja Khedkar, a trainee IAS officer from Maharashtra, is the topic of discussion. The situation reached a stage that Pune Collector Dr. Suhas Divas wrote to the Chief Secretary to complain about this, after which Pooja was transferred to Washim. Pooja has been made Assistant Collector of Washim District. Pooja is accused of misusing her authority as a civil service officer in Pune. Pooja will now complete her remaining tenure as a trainee IAS in Washim till 30th July 2025.

Trainee IAS Pooja Khedkar hit the headlines when she used her personal Audi car with red-blue lights and VIP number plate as official. Not only this, the matter became more acute when he demanded such facilities from the administration, which are not available to probationary officers of the IAS cadre. Collector of Pune Dr. According to Suhas Day’s report to the General Administration Department, Pooja had demanded a separate cabin, car, living quarters and arrangements for a peon before joining duty as a trainee. However, he was denied these facilities.

When the additional collector’s office was occupied

Pooja Khedkar was given VIP accommodation with an attached bathroom, but Pooja demanded that all electrical fittings be replaced with new ones. His cabin in the office should be adjacent to the main collector’s room. Not only this, it is alleged that without the permission of Additional Collector Ajay More, employees of Pooja Khedkar removed sofas, tables and chairs from her room and took possession of them. After this he also installed his name plate in that room. Not only this, letterhead, visiting card, paperweight, national flag, national emblem, intercom were also issued. This order was issued by Pooja Khedkar himself.

Allegation of giving fake disability and OBC certificate

Pooja Khedkar is also facing allegations that she produced a fake disability and OBC certificate to clear the civil services exam. Along with this, he also gave a mental illness certificate. In April 2022, Pooja was asked to report to AIIMS, Delhi for verification of her disability certificate, but she did not, claiming to have Corona.

The certificate that Pooja Khedkar gave while appearing for the UPSC exam was that she was partially blind, but later during the medical test, Pooja Khedkar was absent six times citing different reasons. An MRI was also attempted during the medical examination, but Pooja refused to undergo it. Later he himself presented the report of the MRI center. His selection was challenged after the UPSC objected to it. According to the information, the decision was given against Pooja Khedkar, but then looking at the certificate, how was the appointment of Khedkar legal, was there political interference behind it? There are many questions that have not yet been answered.

Who is Dr. Pooja Khedkar?

Pooja Khedkar is a 2022 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre. Pooja secured All India Rank 841 in UPSC Exam. In June 2023, she was allotted Pune district as a probationary officer, but after her appointment, she started making various demands from the officers. Let us tell you that Pooja Khedkar is the daughter of former civil servant Dilip Khedkar of Pathardi in Ahmednagar district. His grandfather (maternal father) Jagannathrao Budhavant was an IAS officer. While father Dilip Khedkar has been Commissioner of Pollution Department. After retirement, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from Ahmednagar South this year with the support of Vanchit. Mother Dr. Manorama Khedkar is a publicly appointed Sarpanch of Bhalgaon.

How much property does Pooja’s family own?

According to the assets declared by his father Dilip Khedkar in his election affidavit, he owns 110 acres of agricultural land, 6 shops, 7 flats in Hiranandani, 900 grams of gold and diamond jewellery, watches worth Rs 17 lakh, 4 cars, shares. In two private companies. Pooja has assets worth Rs 17 crore. Such information was given by RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar. However, when Pooja Khedkar was asked about this, she refused to say anything on the issue. She said she could not say anything about it.

Action will be taken against Pooja Khedkar under MV Act

Pune Police will take action under the MV Act against the Audi car used by IAS trainee Pooja Khedkar. Using red-blue lights on a private vehicle is a violation of traffic rules. RTO owes 21 thousand rupees on Pooja’s car. Pooja’s bungalow is located in Pune’s Baner area. The Pune police went to his house today and tried to take action, but he was not allowed to enter the house. Police took photographs of the vehicles from outside. 5 four wheeler vehicles were parked in the bungalow. That Audi car was also there, on which Pooja Khedkar had installed red-blue lights.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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