DLF-Vadra land deal sours as transferred official cancels mutation

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Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (file photo)
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Transfer a Govt prerogative, says Congress; Opposition seeks probe

Transferred Haryana official Ashok Khemka has reportedly cancelled the mutation of the Rs 58-crore land deal between realty major, DLF, and a firm owned by Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

The immediate fallout of the reported cancellation would be that DLF would not be able get the title of the prime land, measuring over 3.5 acres, transferred. It will remain in the name of Vadra’s company, Sky Light Hospitality.

The land was sold to DLF on September 18 though the agreement to sell was executed in June 2008.

Meanwhile, in Chandigarh, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said action would be taken against anyone found guilty if the bureaucrat’s assertions on land deals were found true. “I have asked the Chief Secretary to examine the whole matter,” he said.

Khemka was transferred on October 11 as Director General of Land Consolidation and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration office, to the Haryana Seeds Development Corp. On his last day in office on October 15, he cancelled the mutation.

Khemka, who was removed in the wake of his ordering a probe into all the land dealings of Vadra in four districts of Haryana, has sought an explanation for his ‘abrupt’ transfer. The1991 batch officer claimed that this was his 43rd transfer in 20 years.

Following the controversy over Khemka’s transfer, Congress General Secretary in charge of the State B.K. Hari Prasad said “Transfers and postings of bureaucrats is the prerogative of the State Government.”

Probe sought

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata party and the CPI(M) on Tuesday sought an impartial probe into the allegations by Khemka.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar alleged that the Hooda Government was trying to shield Vadra .

Flaying Congress for an “Emergency mindset”, he said, “What is needed is an impartial probe. One officer with integrity has decided to take suo motu action... Instead of acting on his direction, the Government acted against him and transferred him, that too by sending orders at 10 p.m.”

CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said, “The Haryana Government should answer the reason behind the transfer. A proper investigation must be held. Then only we will be able to know what is true and what is not.” he said.

Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal, too, sought an explanation from the Hooda Government as to why Khemka was transferred and what the transfer policy for IAS officers was in Haryana.

(This article was published on October 16, 2012)
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Yes we agree that bureacratic transfer is state government responsibility. However timing is important. When sincere /clean official is highlighting some proble. As a responsible person of 200years old party, CM should take corrective action. Instead he is transfering the official. They are trying to close the problem. Everybody know the reason.

from:  SRI
Posted on: Oct 16, 2012 at 16:49 IST

Yes, so long as the extant rules are followed. A transfer after just 80 days is covered by no rules and smacks of an ulterior motive.

from:  N.R Singh
Posted on: Oct 16, 2012 at 18:52 IST

Entire episode proves that it was not simply government's prerogative behind the Mr.Ashok Khemka [IAS]'s transfer. This is another example of Cong's anarchism.

from:  sunil m. sheth
Posted on: Oct 16, 2012 at 18:56 IST

Poor governance, dictator style in garb of democracy....give us a break here....40+ transfers in 20odd years, let us see who in these politicians can manage such a change even with such money at their disposal. Congress has crossed all limits to loot the country directly / indirectly. This party needs to be eliminated / broken to pieces, leaders persecuted and made an example so that no politician dares to do this for next couple of generations at least...

from:  AD
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 14:03 IST

Mr.Motilal Nehru had property that could feed food for whole country (India) for three days (Before independence), Cha Cha Jawaharlal Nehru improved position to 1month, Mrs.Indragandhi further improved it to 1year, Mr.Rajiv Gandhi made it to 10years, Now Mrs.Sonia gandhi and family can feed India and Italy for 100years. If they had not used name Congress they would have been like Mahatma Gandhis family working silently for livelyhood. Most of the present politicians have made it a business invest in election then earn heavy profits in 5years. There is no rules like you have to register your organisation ask for approval from all governament departments, Then beg financial institution for Loans, subsidies, by pledging your property as colatoral security, If you earn they pay all taxes and interest if you fail you will loose all your property and life, Insted if you enter politics only one time investment then only earning for next ten generations. I recommend to be politician.Jai Ho

from:  RTR
Posted on: Oct 19, 2012 at 03:19 IST
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