Ashok Khemka Is Tensed On DLF Scams

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka , who made headlines for cancelling the Robert Vadra-DLF land deal, has once again stirred up a hornet’s nest.

Less than a week after an investigation panel constituted by the government submitted its inquiry report into the cancellation of mutation of 3.5 acre of land in Gurgaon, Khemka shot off a letter to the government for furnishing “file noting” of the inquiry to him.

The bureaucrat alleged that the probe panel looking into the Vadra-DLF deal was a “cover-up to the gargantuan land scams”.

The probe panel had submitted its report to Haryana chief secretary P.K. Chaudhery on December 28.

Sources said the probe justified the mutation of the land deal. The chief secretary, however, said he was still examining the report.

Khemka wrote a letter on Monday to the chief secretary stating that his orders cancelling the Vadra-DLF land mutation were “quasi- judicial and final”.

He also sought the chief secretary to provide him a copy of the government order constituting the inquiry committee, its terms of reference and relevant file noting pages constituting the panel.

Khemka had ordered the cancellation of the transfer of title of 3.53 acre land in Gurgaon’s Shikohpur village from Vadra’s firm to real estate giant DLF.

He had issued the orders on October 15 last year on the ground that the assistant consolidation officer, who had sanctioned the deal, was not authorised to do so. Khemka was transferred out of the consolidation department on October 11. He had relinquished the charge on October 15 evening after ordering the cancellation of the mutation.

The IAS officer has now claimed that some “vested interests” in the government has “pre-judged” the issue, adding that the committee was set up “to justify possible action” against him as a cover-up to the “gargantuan land scams”. He said the exercise was a kind of humiliation aimed at breaking him down psychologically. Source

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