The higher-ups in Haryana bureaucracy believe that Pradeep Kasni (SCS officer, 1997: IAS: HY) is the closest contestant for Additional PS to Haryana CM, Manohar Lal Khattar. Going back to the past Kasni, in July this year, had objected the appointments of State Information Commissioners and Right to Service Commissioners. Having challenged previous Hooda Government Kasni got equated with Ashok Khemka; the whistleblower officer of Haryana cadre IAS. His wife Neelam Pradeep Kasni (SPS officer; IAS: 1996: HY) is Secretary to the Governor of Haryana. If he gets formally appointed for the job the Kasni’s would together make a powerful combination in Haryana bureaucracy.