Haryana Town and Country Planning head backs Vadra-DLF deal, questions Khemka

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 08:00 hrs

Haryana's Town and Country Planning head T C Gupta on Thursday defended the controversial land deal between Robert Vadra and the DLF group and demanded action against senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Ashok Khemka, the former Director General of Land Consolidation, for his baseless allegations in connection with the case.

Gupta alleged that Khemka's order cancelling the mutation of Robert Vadra-DLF land deal contained "factual inaccuracies" and had been passed in "total disregard of administrative propriety".

In a strongly worded letter to state Chief Secretary PK Chaudhery yesterday, Gupta, Director General of Haryana's Town and Country Planning Department, referred to "orders of Director General, Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration issued on October 15."

Gupta, a senior IAS officer, said the original copy of Khemka's order has still not been received by his department, "even though the same has found its way to all newspapers/ electronic media".

"In these orders, certain comments have unnecessarily been made against the working of this department, which are not only unfounded but totally uncalled for," he said.

"The orders contain factual inaccuracies, vitiated by legal infirmities and have been passed in total disregard of administrative propriety," Gupta said in the letter.

In the order, Khemka, who was transferred from his post of Director-General, Consolidation on October 11 and relinquished his charge on October 15 evening, had cancelled the mutation of the land sold by Vadra's company to realty major DLF.

Khemka had observed that the Town and Country Planning Department should not have renewed the LOI/licence granted to the vendor when a major portion of the consideration money had already been paid to it by the DLF.

When contacted this morning, Khemka told reporters that he would like to "offer no comment" on Gupta's letter. (ANI)

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