Ashok Khemka takes on Congress over missing Robert Vadra land deal papers

Ashok Khemka

Kolkata/Chandigarh, Dec 19: Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Friday said that he was charge sheeted with the prime objective of giving a clean chit to Sonia Gandhi`s son-in-law Robert Vadra.

Talking about missing documents related to Robert Vadra’s business operations from government files, Khemka said this was an indication and evidence of how the former Congress-led government in Haryana had set up a committee to overrule his decision to cancel the former’s land deals.

Khemka told a news agency: “I was chargesheeted on the basis of a committee’s report, which was constituted basically with the prime objective to give a clean chit to Robert Vadra’s licensing transaction, to discredit me and to undo my orders.”

“Technically, my orders could only have been challenged in the honourable high court. Instead of doing that, they constituted a committee of three IAS officers,” Khemka said.

Khemka further said that he wanted an examination of the file to reply to the charge sheet, but was denied permission.

He stated that he failed to get any response after he sought the file under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, following which he made an application to the State Information Commission (SIC) in appeal, which ordered that the relevant noting be provided to him.

He said: “Despite the order, they say that the notings cannot be supplied at this stage because the notings have been detached from the main file. The main file has been sent to all kinds of unauthorized persons in the office of the then chief minister.”

Khemka further said that he complained to the State Information Commissioner about the unauthorized detachment of the noting, stating it was a very serious matter and that the noting sheets must be supplied to him.

Haryana Chief Secretary P.K. Gupta, however, said that an inquiry has been ordered with regard to the missing pages from the crucial file.

Gupta said: “It is a fact that one page of the file is missing which is printed on both sides. I have seen the file today itself and that page is missing. For this… we are instituting an internal enquiry, and if somebody is guilty for this, we will take care of it.”

Earlier, Khemka had alleged that he was being persecuted for challenging the land deals involving Vadra. The senior bureaucrat has been in the news since October 2012 for canceling the mutation of Vadra’s DLF land deal.

(With Agency Inputs)

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