Punished for taking on Robert Vadra, says Khemka

Khemka ordered an inquiry into the undervaluation of land deals done in four districts in Haryana by Vadra.

CHANDIGARH: The 1991-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka today alleged that the Haryana government has left no stone unturned to persecute him for cancelling a land deal struck by Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, Robert Vadra, in the state.

The Vigilance Bureau is now probing fresh allegations against Khemka related to the purchase of weed control chemicals at inflated prices and failure of Seed Village Scheme, when he was the managing director of Haryana Seed Development Corporation.

In a letter addressed to the Haryana government, Khemka complained that he is being publicly humiliated for doing his job.


Writing to the chief secretary of the Bhupinder Hooda-led Congress government, PK Chaudhery, Khemka stated: 'The motive of charge-sheeting me without an opportunity of hearing and announcing the same in the media is to publicly humiliate me for conscientiously doing my duty and to instill a sense of fear in others as to what would happen in the event the desire of the political masters is not fulfilled. I stand condemned unheard and held guilty even before the charge-sheet is served upon me, rendering the whole disciplinary exercise a futile and one-sided formality with my guilt already pre-judged.'

Khemka was earlier accused of low sale of wheat seeds and green gram purchase scam. The Haryana government has charge-sheeted him for the case which was ironically highlighted by him.

The IAS officer, in his capacity as director general of Consolidation of Holdings, has been charged with administrative misconduct and exceeding jurisdiction while cancelling the mutation of the Rs 58 crore land deal between Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, and realty giant DLF in October 2012.

He had also ordered an inquiry into the undervaluation of land deals done in four districts in Haryana, adjoining New Delhi, by Vadra.

Khemka, who is best known for challenging the land dealings of Robert Vadra, held the office from October 2012 to March 2013.

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