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CBI probe ordered against Ashok Khemka

Chandigarh, Jan 18 : The Haryana government on Staurday said it has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into a Rs 8 cr contract awarded by whistleblower Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Ashok Khemka to a Gujarat firm.


According to reports, Khemka awarded the contract to the firm when he was the Managing Director of the State Warehouse Corporation in 2009.

Last December, Khemka, who had sparked off a political storm by ordering a probe into a land deal between Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty firm DLF, was served a chargesheet on the land cancellation issue.

In October, the Supreme Court rejected a petition that sought an investigation into the land deals of Vadra, saying that the petitioner could not be allowed to harm the reputation of a person.

The apex court told the petitioner that it will not allow to destroy the name of a person through public interest litigation (PIL).

Just because someone is linked to a politician, he can't be called as sinner, the court noted.

The plea had also asked the court to cancel a government auditor's order to stop the inquiry against licences issued to Vadra's company and other builders in Haryana between 2005 and 2012.

The court said that when the Haryana government had given licence for 21000 acres, it is unfair to target just one person.

Even as the Haryana government has declared Vadra's land deal transparent and legitimate, Khemka cancelled one of the deals struck by him with DLF in 2012.

After he ordered a probe into the land deal between Vadra and DLF in 2012, the senior IAS officer was transferred from the Director General Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration to the Seed Development Corporation.

Khemka had alleged that he was being punished for cancelling the land deal struck in the state by Vadra.

--IBNS (Posted on 18-01-2014)

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