Khemka transfer: BJP attacks Congress

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 12:43 hrs
Khemka transfer: BJP attacks Congress

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday attacked the ruling Congress on the transfer of IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had ordered a probe into a land deal between party supremo Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty firm DLF.

The BJP said Khemka´s transfer showed the ´emergency mindset´ of the ruling party.

"The Congress is in complete shamble and doldrums, they do not know what to do next..It is trying to save Robert Vadra," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.

"We want an honest and impartial probe into the the matter," he said.

"An honest officer with integrity who has decided to take suo moto action has been transferred. That too at 10 pm," Javadekar said.

"It (transfer) shows the emergency mindset of the Congress," he said.

Khemka, who was in the Land Registration Department, was shunted out after he also ordered a probe into the deal, reports said on Tuesday.

The land in question is an over 3.5-acre plot that Vadra sold to DLF for Rs 58 crore in 2009, according to some reports.

"It is shocking to learn about my abrupt transfer...this is deliberate and malafide to punish me due to some vested elements in the political-bureaucratic hierarchy affected by the expose of the scams in consolidation of land holdings under the exercise of powers," Khemka wrote in his letter to Chief Secretary PK Chaudhary.

Days after ordering the probe on Oct 8, he was shifted as the DG in the Haryana Seed Development Corporation, reports said.

Khemka cancelled the land´s mutation before leaving his position.

Social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal has made several allegations against Vadra, the reclusive son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, heightening the pitch of attacks against India's ruling party struggling to leave behind a slew of corruption scandals.

Kejriwal "exposed" links between Vadra and the Haryana government with documents that "proved" that the state had favoured the company and acquired land from farmers by trick to hand over to real-estate firm DLF where Vadra held majority shares.

Demanding a white paper on the deals with DLF from the Haryana government, Kejriwal said the farmers were cheated and their land acquired for development of roads and housing for common people were handed over to DLF from where Vadra derived benefits.

On Oct 5, creating a political firestorm, Kejriwal and his team alleged that Vadra made hundreds of crores in return of government favours to the firm.

Kejrwial and his team dropped their "corruption bombshell" by naming Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, as a beneficiary of Rs 300 crore in a huge property deal by DLF company under which he was allegedly given properties in a throwaway price.

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