Khemka slams Haryana govt

Loc-king horns with the Haryana government, senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Monday said there was no need to set up a committee after he cancelled the sale of over three acres of land to realty major DLF following a deal with businessman Robert Vadra.
Mr Khemka, who kicked up a political storm three weeks ago alleging irregularities in Vadra-DLF land deals, also said there was no need of security that was provided to him and he wanted a fair and quick probe into threats received by him.
The 1991 batch IAS officer met Haryana chief secretary P.K. Chaudhery, who had called him for a meeting in the wake of threat calls, in his office here.
After meeting Mr Chaudhery, who is also the president of the state IAS officers’ association, Mr Khemka said “there is nothing for media that I can disclose. The communication is privileged.”
The IAS officer faced a volley of questions from media persons including one related to the arrest of a person last week who had allegedly made one of the threat calls to some employees.
Asked if the probe into alleged irregularities relating to Robert Vadra-DLF land deals was heading into the right direction especially after the constitution of the committee, Mr Khemka said “I have not got any notice (regarding setting up of the committee).”
“Neither they (the committee members) have called me nor I am aware of the probe they have been conducting,” he said. Mr Khemka, who had been transferred to another department, said he felt there was no need to set up the committee in the first instance.
“If anyone has felt aggrieved against my orders, the right jurisdiction lies with the High Court,” Mr Khemka said.
“The government, Robert Vadra, the DLF or any affected department like the town and country planning could have approached the high court,” he said.

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