Ashok Khemka, who had kicked up a political storm alleging irregularities in land deals involving Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and DLF, was today again transferred by Haryana government for the second time in nearly six months.
Another reason for Khemka's transfer could be that the bureaucrat had raised hackles over his decisions on postings and disciplinary action against employees of the seeds corporation.
During his 21-year-long career, 47-year-old Khemka has been transferred over 40 times.
Khemka was Managing Director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, and had taken on his boss principal secretary (agriculture) Roshan Lal, for allegedly "slandering" him at a press conference.
In a strongly worded letter to Lal on Monday last, Khemka had said, "I wish you could have replied to my letters ...before slandering me in an organized press conference."
The current controversy relates to a criminal case against a German company for making "false" claims to sell fungicide. Lal had organized a press meet to claim that Khemka's contentions were incorrect. "When purchase of the fungicide was finalized by the high-powered purchase committee, Khemka was present at the meeting but he did not raise any objection," Lal had stated.
Khemka denies this and says that "in the meeting of the high-powered purchase committee held on November 30, 2012, I had clearly brought out that the tender process was a sham".
Objecting Lal's statement to the media, Khemka said, "You are hereby called upon to confirm whether the allegations or statements attributed to you in the news reports are admitted or denied. If any allegation or statement attributed to you is specifically denied, the same must clearly be stated in writing to me within two days, otherwise it would be presumed that you admit to the contents of the news stories in full."
Khemka has now been posted as Secretary, Haryana Archives relieving Vikas Yadav of the charge.
Khemka was shifted from the Director General Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration to the Seed Development Corporation in October last year shortly after he initiated a probe into the land dealings between Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and realty giant DLF.
After cancelling the mutation of the land deal, Khemka had alleged that he had received a number of threat calls.
Four Haryana deputy commissioners conducted inquiry into the deals after Khemka's order and gave a clean chit to Vadra saying that there was no "undervaluation" or loss of revenue to the government in the land deals involving him in the state.