Pune, July 10: The Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government recently transferred trainee IAS Officer Dr Pooja Khedkar (Puja Khedkar) from Pune to Washim after several complaints were received against her. Pooja Khedkar (Puja Khedkar), the IAS probationer, was reportedly transferred after she demanded an official car with a VIP number plate, among other things that are not given to probationary officers.

According to news reports, Pooja Khedkar (Puja Khedkar) was transferred from Pune to Washim on Monday evening, July 8. While the government order stated that the transfer was for administrative reasons, reports suggest that Pooja Khedkar's (Puja Khedkar) demands led to her transfer. Sources close to the development also said that the IAS probationer will likely face an enquiry after several complaints were received against her. Zika Virus in Pune: 3 More Patients Test Positive for Zika, Total Cases Rise to 12; PMC Urges Residents To Take Necessary Precautions.

Pooja Khedkar Transferred from Pune to Washim

Pooja Khedkar Demanded Official Car with VIP Number Plate

It is reported that the 32-year-old IAS trainer officer made several demands, including an official car with a VIP number plate and a red-blue beacon light. She is also said to have demanded an exclusive chamber with adequate staff to attend to her. However, her demands created controversy and took many by surprise. It is also alleged that she faked her disability certificate to get into IAS. Reports also suggest that as a probationary officer, Pooja Khedkar (Puja Khedkar) was not entitled to use a beacon light on a vehicle.

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However, the trainee IAS officer used the same on her private vehicle. While Pooja Khedkar (Puja Khedkar) was not entitled to an official car or staff and quarters, the probationary officer put forth her demand, which seems to be the reason for her transfer. The 32-year-old IAS trainer officer was posted as an assistant collector with the Pune district collector’s office.

Pooja Khedkar's Father Pressurised District Collector's Office

Pooja Khedkar (Puja Khedkar) placed 841st in the country in the main civil services examinations. A few reports also claimed that Khedkar's demands were supported by her father, Diliprao Khedkar, a retired administrative officer. It is alleged that Diliprao Khedkar pressurised the District Collector's Office staff and even threatened them with consequences if his daughter’s demands were not met. Pune Hit and Run: Cop Killed After Speeding Car Knocks Down His Bike; Accused Arrested.

It is also learned that Pooja Khedkar (Puja Khedkar) reportedly converted the ante-chamber of additional collector Ajay More into her own office. The incident came to light after Suhas Diwase, district collector of Pune, sent a report about Khedkar's alleged behaviour to the chief secretary of the state.

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