Despite charges of land scams, Haryana yet to probe deals

In recent times, the Haryana government seems to be shying away from probing various land scams that had allegedly taken place in the state.

Recently, the state land records and consolidation department had transferred possession rights to a man in his mid 40s after he claimed that he had owned land for the last 50 to 55 years. Following this, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had asked the Haryana government to file a reply on whether the CBI should probe the case.

This comes close on the heels of whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who as the director general (DG) of land records and consolidation of holdings, repeatedly wrote to his superior officers including Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery hinting at politician-bureaucrat nexus in land scams and demanding a CBI probe into these. However, the state government chose to keep mum.

During his three-month tenure as DG (Consolidations), Khemka had highlighted three alleged land scams. According to sources, in all the cases, VVIPs like bureaucrats, politicians and their relatives are the beneficiaries.

In his report submitted to the state revenue department on October 5, Khemka had mentioned a case where land was allegedly illegally partitioned following mutation of 734 acres of panchayat or shamlat deh (village common land) in favour of proprietors at Ankhir village in Faridabad tehsil after obtaining a collusive civil decree. However, no probe was conducted into the land deals.

In another case, Khemka had alleged that panchayat lands in the state were being wrongly mutated in favour of proprietors. While recommending that the government should get a CBI probe conducted to unearth a major scandal, he had said that 1,289 acres of panchayat land at Kalesar village in Chachhrauli tehsil was allegedly illegally mutated in favour of proprietors. As many as 318 acres were found to be in unauthorised possession of private persons as per village land records, he added.

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