Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

SMS row: Haryana chief secy says sorry to officer

Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: July 30, 2014 12:37 am

A day after being slammed for sending a threatening SMS to a subordinate officer, Haryana Chief Secretary S C Choudhary on Tuesday apologised to the recipient of his message, the state Administrative Reforms Secretary Pradip Kasni.

“Dear Pradip, you know that I treat you like my younger brother. It was said in a lighter vein but it seems part of my message has hurt your feelings. If that is the case I regret those words which have hurt your sentiments. We were and will remain friends,” reads the SMS sent by Choudhary to Kasni Tuesday.

Kasni had taken on the government and had objected to the manner in which commissioners were being appointed under the Right to Information and Right to Service Act. He had alleged that Choudhary had threatened him on Saturday night, a day before the commissioners were administered oath at Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s residence.

The text message, sent to Kasni on Saturday night, dared him to show it to the media. “Good night… please enjoy your new status of being a celebrity… But agar apni maa ka doodh piya ho to mere saare msg press ko dikha dena (if you are a man, I dare you to show my messages to the media),” Choudhary’s message read.

Responding to Choudhary’s apology, Kasni said, “My only point in raising this issue was the manner in which government has made illegal appointments of the commissioners. The chief secretary’s messages were made public to show how honest officers are treated in a government set-up. I did not have anything against the chief secretary. My objections were and are against the procedural irregularities committed by the state government. It is my duty to raise them.”

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