HC sends notice to Khemka

According to the ceiling on Land Holdings Act, a landowner or landlord cannot retain a land beyond a permissible limit. The "surplus" land stands vested with the government, which can further sell it to people.

In the current case, the Haryana government had declared 110 kanals of land as "surplus" in Gurgaon. The land was originally registered in the name of two women. Of the total land, 22 kanals and 2 marlas was allotted to Jai Bhagwaan in 1994. However, a few years later, a Hyderabad-based company moved court alleging that the said land was already sold to it by the original owners in 1988.

After several bouts of litigation at the district and state level, the two parties had finally reached the high court. While the company claimed that it is the bonafide owner, Jai Bhagwaan had cried foul stating that if the land was already sold in 1988, the government authorities should have informed him and could not have allotted the land to him.

No rule stops me from writing to CM: Khemka

There is no rule which binds him from writing a letter to the chief minister, said Haryana's whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had on Monday questioned Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the posting of an HCS officer on a cadre post.

Khemka was summoned by the Haryana Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery on Tuesday afternoon.

After a 30-minute conversation with the Chief Secretary in his office at the Civil Secretariat, Khemka told mediapersons that whatever he had written to Hooda was in his personal capacity and there was no rule, which binds him from doing so.

"I am like a daughter, who left her home (West Bengal in my case) and came to Haryana. Now, Haryana is my home and I am domiciled here. The state's interests are mine and I work for Haryana's interests. I am not vindictive. In my letter, I have clearly mentioned that the views expressed in the letter were not of either Haryana Seeds Development Corporation or any other government body," he added.

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