Robert Vadra again in controversy; Khemka targets Govt

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Robert Vadra and Ashok Khemka
New Delhi, Jan 2: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law and business tycoon, Robert Vadra once again made headlines over the controversy on alleged irregularities in Vadra-DLF land deal. The whistle-blower, IAS officer Ashok Khemka targetted Haryana government over its decision of appointing a probe panel against his order of cancelling the sale of over 3 acre of land between DLF and Vadra.

Days after the submission of the report by the government-appointed committee, Khemka claimed that the probe was a "cover up to the gargantuan land scams."

Khemka on Monday, Dec 31 sent a letter to to Haryana Chief Secretary PK Chaudhery saying that his orders under Sec 42 of East-Punjab Holdings (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Act, 1948, were quasi- judicial and final.

"All this kind of humiliation and mental torture is to break me down psychologically. One of my orders pertaining to Chirsi village (Faridabad district) is also under challenge," said Khemka and also added, "the remedy for the affected party is to challenge the order by way of filing a writ petition in the high court."

The panel submitted its report on Dec 28. The 3-member committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Krishan Mohan, submitted its report to Haryana Chief Secretary PK Chaudhary here. Chaudhary told PTI that the committee's report has been received but declined to divulge its contents.

"It is being examined," he added. Krishan Mohan was not contactable despite repeated attempts. Khemka, as the then Director General Consolidation of Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration, had ordered cancellation of the land deals.

Khemka had a day after his transfer on Oct 12 and three days before he actually relinquished charge asked Deputy Commissioners of four districts of Gurgaon, Palwal, Faridabad and Mewat to "inspect all documents registered from 2005 on behalf of Vadra or his companies in the capacity of vendor (seller) and vendee (buyer)."

An official probe had earlier concluded that there was no "undervaluation" or loss of revenue to the government in the land deals involving Vadra or his companies.

The Deputy Commissioners of the four districts had also reported to the state government that an inspection of all documents registered in their respective districts from Jan 1, 2005 on behalf of Vadra or his companies, showed there had been no undervaluation in the registration deeds.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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