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Controversial IAS Pooja Khedkar's Mom Charged For Raising Gun At Local Farmer

Pooja Khedkar, a trainee probationary IAS officer posted in Pune, was transferred as she allegedly claimed to have a disability in the form submitted for the civil services exam.

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Pooja Khedkar, a trainee probationary IAS officer posted in Pune, was transferred to Washim as she allegedly faked disability and caste background in the form submitted for the civil services exam. In a fresh controversy to the case, a video has surfaced online where her mother, Manorama Khedkar, was seen threatening a local farmer with a firearm over an alleged land dispute. The incident allegedly took place on June 5, 2023, at the Dhadwali village of Pune district.

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While no complaint was filed against Manorama at the time, the superintendent of Pune rural police Pankaj Deshmukh, confirmed that an offence was lodged in this case amid the Pooja Khedkar controversy. An FIR was filed at Paud police station on July 12 by a 65-year-old farmer against Manorama Khedkar, her husband Dilip Khedkar, and others as per IPC sections 323, 504, 506, 143, 144, 147, 148 and 149 and sections of the Indian Arms Act. 

Pooja Khedkar & Family's Controversy

Trainee civil servant Pooja Khedkar was transferred to Washim in Central Maharashtra on July 10 after accusations arose that she faked a disability and her caste background while appearing for the UPSC exam in 2022. She allegedly also demanded facilities that were not available to probationary officers in the IAS and even went to the extent of claiming she had a disability in the application submitted for the civil services exam. 

Khedkar, who started duty on June 3, was accused of exceeding her authority as a probationary IAS officer when she used a beacon light and VIP number plate on her private luxury car marking 'Maharashtra Government'. According to a report submitted by Pune collector Suhas Diwse to the General Administration Department, she allegedly also demanded a private cabin, residential quarters, and a peon even before joining as a trainee.

The trainee's father Dilip Khedkar, a former State government officer, contested the recent Lok Sabha election when he had reportedly declared his property valued at Rs 40 crore. However, Pooja Khedkar appeared for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam under the Other Backward Class (OBC) non-creamy layer category, stating her annual parental income as Rs 8 lakh. 

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Khedkar was also accused of submitting fake disability and OBC certificates to clear the civil services exam, according to a report in the Press Trust of India. She reportedly alleged she had a mental illness and visual impairment. In April 2022, she was asked to report at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, for verification of her disability certificate, but she did not do so, citing COVID-19 infection, PTI reported.

Khedkar also allegedly removed the nameplate of a senior official, Ajay More, at the Pune collector's office when he allowed her to use his ante-chamber as her office. As per rules, a trainee is not provided with these amenities and is required to be appointed as a gazetted officer first. Khedkar reportedly secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 841 in the UPSC 2022 batch.

Responding to her transfer, she told the media, "I am very happy to join Washim district and am looking forward to working here." The on-probation IAS officer also reacted to the allegations of misuse of power, stating she was not allowed to comment on it. "I am not authorised to speak about this as government rules do not allow me to speak anything on this matter," she told reporters.

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