Kejriwal questions transfer of IAS officer Khemka

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 17:58 hrs

New Delhi: Anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday questioned the transfer senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka within hours of hms ordering a probe into all land dealings of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra with country's biggest property developer DLF.

As Inspector General of (Land) Registration for the state of Haryana, Khmeka, had asked the deputy commissioners cum registrars of the four districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat to inspect all documents registered from January 1, 2005 till date by or on behalf of Vadra.

Interacting with mediapersons on Tuesday, Kejriwal said Khemka was transferred because he ordered a probe into the land deals between Vadra and DLF.

"He had given orders to investigate all the land deals of Robert Vadra, as many corruption cases were coming to light and as soon as he passed the enquiry orders, he was transferred. A deal came to his notice, which happened between DLF and Robert Vadra and it was illegal. So, he passed the orders to cancel that deal and the next day he was transferred. I want to ask the Haryana Chief Minister (Bhupinder Singh Hooda) that is there any policy regarding the transfer of officers in Haryana? He (Ashok Khemka) was transferred within three months; can an officer be transferred anytime?" said Kejriwal in NOIDA.

The transfer orders came at a time, when Kejriwal, who is setting up an anti-corruption political party, accused DLF of arranging favourable loans and real estate transactions for Vadra. The claims were detailed in a document posted on the India Against Corruption web site.

Kejriwal alleged that the Haryana Government was favouring Vadra, DLF and Reliance.

"Is the government of Haryana functioning in accordance with the constitution? Are they following any law or do they have only one work and that is to favour Robert Vadra, DLF and Reliance. Is this the only work left for the Haryana government to do?" said Kejriwal.

Meanwhile, Khemka has said that he does not know the reason of his transfers, and was merely performing his duties.

"Robert Vadra and DLF are two separate individuals, and whether it is DLF or Robert Vadra or a common man, everybody is equal for the government, there is no difference. I do not know the reason of why the government has transferred me but I have made all the efforts to fulfil my responsibilities," said Khemka in Chandigarh.

Multi-billion dollar corruption scandals have added to middle class frustration with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government's record on corruption.

A bill to create a ombudsman with powers to root out corrupt officials in India's sprawling bureaucracy was first proposed in 1968 but it languished until Hazare's relentless campaign forced the issue on the political establishment.

Thousands took to the streets in the summer of 2011, forcing Singh to bow to demands to create a powerful ombudsman's post.

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