Khemka faces another probe by Haryana government

KhemkaThe subject of the probe is alleged irregularities in the purchase of galvalume sheets for roofing food storage godowns in 2009. IE

The Haryana government has initiated another probe against senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka. This one covers alleged irregularities in the award of tenders during Khemka's tenure as managing director of the Haryana State Warehousing Corporation (HSWC).

Documents accessed by The Indian Express show that HSWC's current managing director, Ramesh Krishan, has directed branch officers to submit details of payments released during Khemka's tenure. Though the communication does not specify Khemka's name, the period for which details have been sought coincide with his tenure.

The communication was issued on Krishan's behalf by his PA on January 2. "Worthy MD has desired to furnish details of payments released during the period from 11/07/2008 to 23/04/2010 along with copies of noting sheets wherein orders for release of payments were passed," the communication stated. Khemka assumed charge as MD of the corporation on July 11, 2008 and relinquished it on April 23, 2010.

The subject of the probe is alleged irregularities in the purchase of galvalume sheets for roofing food storage godowns in 2009. During his tenure, HSWC had purchased galvalume sheets worth Rs 8 crore from a Gujarat firm.

When contacted, Krishan said: "I do not exactly remember if any such communication has been issued by my office. The communication must have been based on some reference from the state government. If you have the copy of the letter, then you know why such details have been sought. Why do you want me to say it?"

The Haryana government has allegedly begun hounding Khemka ever since he cancelled the mutation of a land deal between the real estate giant DLF Universal Ltd and Skylark Hospitality Ltd, a company owned by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. Khemka was posted as director general (Consolidation of Land Holdings) at that time. He was shunted out and moved to the archives department.

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