Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Haryana refuses to give Vadra deal docus to Khemka

Chandigarh: The Haryana government seems adamant on not providing any documents related to the land deal between UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and DLF to whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka. Khemka had cancelled the mutation of the deal on October 15, 2012.

In a recent letter to state chief secretary P K Chaudhery, Khemka said, “no department has provided any of the requested information so far”. The government had on March 1 asked Khemka to submit his comments on a probe report by a three-member panel on his orders cancelling the Vadra land deal’s mutation.

Following this, Khemka had sought documents from revenue, town and country planning, industries and commerce departments but the government did not provide any documents to the officer. “It’s like asking someone to run a 100-metre dash with his hands tied. My morale is high and I will run the race despite that,” Khemka told TOI.

Khemka, as director general of land consolidation department in 2012, had cancelled the mutation just three days after he asked deputy commissioners of four districts to inspect all documents related to land deals registered on behalf of Vadra or his companies.

The government’s inquiry committee had indicted Khemka for passing “hasty orders without due legal examination of the background of the case”. However,Khemka termed the report as “an attempt to defend the land licensing transaction of the companies owned by Vadra”.
Sukhbir Siwach TNN

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