Panel that probed Khemka’s order cancelling Vadra-DLF deal submits report

A Haryana government-appointed high-power committee, which probed the orders of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka cancelling the sale of over 3 acre of land to realty major DLF in a deal with Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, submitted its report on Friday.

The three-member committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Krishan Mohan, submitted the 400-page report to Chief Secretary P K Chaudhary, but refused to talk about its contents.

"The committee has submitted its report, and the state government will examine it," Chaudhary later said.

The committee was constituted by the Haryana government on October 19 to probe into the issues raised by Khemka who, as the then Director General Consolidation of Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration, had ordered cancellation of the Rs 58 crore deal between Vadra's company and DLF for land in Shikhopur village, Gurgaon.

Khemka had a day after his transfer on October 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)."

Soon after the matter pertaining to cancellation of land deal came to light, the state government came out in defence of Vadra and issued a statement, which stated that Khemka should have issued notices to the parties concerned and given them a chance to present their case. "This process has not been followed. This is a violation of the provisions of the Land Consolidation Act, 1948, and principles of natural justice."

On the other hand, when contacted, Khemka said, "The basic constitution of this so called high power committee shows lack of faith in the Constitution of India. The committee has not called me even once, till date, for seeking my version. I have not been communicated about anything by the committee so far. The powers exercised by me under Section 42 of the Consolidation Act were valid and legal and I stand by my orders".

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