Khemka again recommends CBI probe,criminal case into scam

The Haryana government seems to have developed cold feet on the “mammoth fraud played upon the law” by its two senior IAS officers — Anil Kumar and S C Goel.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published:September 20, 2012 8:03 am

The Haryana government seems to have developed cold feet on the “mammoth fraud played upon the law” by its two senior IAS officers — Anil Kumar and S C Goel.

On September 6,the Punjab and Haryana High Court had indicted both the officers and also quashed all questionable orders passed by them regarding the transfer of panchayat land to private builders and developers in Gurgaon and neighbouring areas. Both allegedly “misused their official powers”,while acting as director general (Consolidation) and passed the orders “without jurisdiction”.

The current DG (Consolidations) Dr Ashok Khemka,in his communication to the state government on July 25,had hinted at the possibility of the “involvement of higher-ups in the entire scandal” and demanded that a criminal case be registered and an independent agency like CBI be entrusted with its investigation. However,the state government did not approve of Khemka’s averments and also did not let him place his recommendations before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Khemka has now again apprised the state government about the high court’s judgement and recommended that a criminal case be registered and CBI probe ordered. The state government,however,is still waiting for the high court judgement.

When contacted,Haryana Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery said,“The copy of the court’s judgment will first come to the financial commissioner (Revenue). The department will study the judgment and then submit the recommendations to us. To my understanding,the department has already applied for the judgment’s copy. Once the judgment is received,we will decide on the further course of action.”

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain had set aside 20 orders passed by the two officers on September 6,which facilitated exchange of over 150 kanals of shamlat (village common) land in Gurgaon to private builders.

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