The CBI has decided to register a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the alleged Rs 5-crore wheat seed scam, which was unearthed by senior Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka in March this year.
"For an in-depth probe into the matter, the CBI is in the process to register the preliminary enquiry within a day or two," SP, CBI's Chandigarh unit, Vineet Brij Lal said.
The agency started the probe six months ago. The CBI's decision comes a day after a section of media reported that the Haryana government had found "grounds" to file a second charge-sheet against Khemka, for the alleged low sale of wheat seeds during his tenure in Haryana Seed Development Corporation (HSDC) as its Managing Director from October 15, 2012 to April 4 this year.
Khemka, in his complaint to the CBI on March 4, had alleged that NAFED and NCCF had kept the HSDC in the dark by claiming that the required certified seeds were available with them.
He claimed in his complaint that had the two agencies informed the HSDC, it would have procured the seeds from private agencies and funds between Rs 3.5 to 4.5 crore could have been saved.
Although the Haryana government did not find anything suspicious in the wheat seed scam, media reports stated that it decided to issue the second charge-sheet against Khemka. The charge-sheet was cleared by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday, sources said.
Interestingly, the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government is yet to serve the first charge-sheet in which it accuses Khemka of "misconduct" and "over-stepping his jurisdiction" in cancelling the mutation of a land deal worth Rs 57 crore struck between AICC president Sonia Gandhi's industrialist son-in-law Robert Vadra and real estate major DLF.
Sources close to Khemka confirmed that he is yet to receive the first charge-sheet, and added that the IAS officer has decided to write to the Haryana government on the issue on the basis of media reports.
"How can we comment on the said charge-sheet when it has not been served so far?" Khemka's advocate Anupam Gupta said.
By Manjeet Sehgal
PUBLISHED: 21:15 GMT, 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 21:50 GMT, 17 October 2013
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