IAS Officer Dr. Puja Khedkar Transferred Amid Allegations of Power Misuse and Questionable Eligibility Claims

IAS officer Dr Puja Khedkar was transferred by the Maharashtra government from Pune to Washim following complaints of alleged misuse of power.

Puja Khedkar, a probationary IAS officer, claimed to be mentally ill and have low vision in the form submitted for the civil services exam. However, Khedkar, who was given concessions due to the disabilities, refused to undergo medical tests for the same.

Despite low marks, these concessions allowed her to secure an All India Rank of 821. However, she repeatedly avoided mandatory medical examinations to verify her disabilities and submitted an external MRI report, leading to the UPSC challenging her selection in the Central Administrative Tribunal, which ruled against her.
Furthermore, her eligibility for the OBC non-creamy layer status is under scrutiny due to her family’s significant wealth, including substantial property holdings. These revelations emerged following her transfer from Pune to Washim due to complaints of power misuse, where she will now serve as a supernumerary assistant collector.
Her probation period in Pune was marked by demands for privileges not allowed to probationary officers like red Beacon on her official car and alleged pressure from her father on the District Collector’s office to meet her demands.

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