Vadra-DLF deal: Chargesheet against Khemka

Chandigarh, Dec 5 : Whistleblower Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Ashok 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, has been served a chargesheet on the land cancellation issue, said reports on Thursday.

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 last year.

After he ordered a probe into the land deal between Vadra and DLF last year, 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 recently alleged that he is being punished for cancelling the land deal struck in the state by Vadra.

--IBNS (Posted on 05-12-2013)

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