How did probe panel clear Vadra-DLF land deal? Official notes are missing, says Haryana govt

Khemka sought documents to ascertain how the official committee was constituted.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: December 19, 2014 5:16 pm
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Two pages with notings on the previous Haryana government’s decision to constitute an official probe committee which later cleared Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and realty developer DLF of any wrongdoing in a Gurgaon land deal “cannot be traced”, the state government has said.

Responding to a petition filed by IAS officer Ashok Khemka under the Right to Information Act, State Public Information Officer D R Wadhwa, in an affidavit before the State Information Commission on December 12, has stated: “The undersigned made many efforts to trace out page no. 1 and 2 of the noting of the official file, but could not trace the pages. Hence, the pages could not be provided to the appellant.”

In June this year, Khemka sought documents to ascertain how the official committee, which eventually gave a clean chit to Vadra, was constituted.

It was Khemka who cancelled the mutation of a land deal in Shikhopur, Gurgaon between Vadra’s M/s Skylight Hospitality and DLF Universal Ltd. The Haryana government — it was then a Congress government under Bhupinder Singh Hooda — constituted a three-member committee on October 19, 2012 to probe the matter. It comprised three IAS officers, Krishna Mohan, K K Jalan and Rajan Gupta.
Notings related to that decision were on the two pages which the state now says “cannot be traced”.

When his comments were sought on the missing pages, Chief Secretary P K Gupta said: “Ashok Khemka had sought certain information under the RTI Act. We had supplied him documents, but there were a few pages that were not traceable. The commission asked us to file an affidavit, which we have done now. As far as the missing documents are concerned, we are investigating it separately to ascertain if there was any malafide involved on anybody’s part.”

Of the three officials in the probe committee, Krishna Mohan has retired. While K K Jalan was not available for comment, Rajan Gupta said: “I do not have any information about documents going missing from the official file. The file is neither in my possession nor is it dealt by my office. It would be either with the Chief Secretary’s office or with the office of the Financial Commissioner (Revenue).”

Khemka, meanwhile, has appealed to the Chief Information Commissioner, Haryana and also complained to the Chief Secretary.

“The file noting is a very important piece of record which would establish that the three members were specifically appointed to an illegally constituted committee by the then political executive… with the pre-determined objective to accord clean chit to… M/s Skylight Hospitality, a company belonging to Mr Robert Vadra, and to discredit my action of cancelling the land mutation from M/s Skylight Hospitality to M/s DLF,” Khemka stated in his complaint to the Chief Secretary.

“The biased and one-sided report of the inquiry committee was an act of political vendetta and formed a spurious basis to wrongly chargesheet me for doing my duty. The noting sheets sought are likely to have been stolen by vested interests to avoid scrutiny of the wrongdoings of some officers…,” the complaint stated.

Khemka has demanded registration of an FIR against those who dealt with the file in the previous government.

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  1. D
    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm
    You seem to have no idea about shri Khemka. Just out of caves or u r a congi ?
  2. B
    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:17 am
    Forget action. The government at first should have withdrawn the charge sheet served against Khemka. The BJP government has so far has not shown any inclination in this direction. U SCRATCH MY BACK AND I SCRATCH YOURS!
  3. M
    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:14 am
    khemka must go to the courts or else to prove that he was right or else he would be remembered as a coward
  4. L
    Jan 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm
    Many scams happened under previous UPA government, this land deal could be the big daddy of all scams. I hope UPA was dead and buried forever.
  5. S
    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:19 am
    you must also arrest the committee that cleared Vadra
  6. R
    Ramamurthy Venkateswaran
    Jan 4, 2015 at 4:45 am
    Dr. Umesh K Dash. I agree with your views. But unfortunately after much efforts to track them, we have seen that the Courts under one or the other pretext releases people who misuse their positions and indulge in corrupt practices. E.g. Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav ji, Chief of RJD in Bihar who was arrested in fodder scam is free on bail. Miss Jayalalitha, AIADMK General Secretary and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who was arrested in the disproportionate ets case is also free on bail. Karnataka strong man, Shri B S dyurappa, currently the Vice-President of BJP who is also free despite his involvement in many corrupt practices. Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav, SP of UP and Miss Mayawati, BSP of UP are also known as corrupt politicians and are roaming free. Worst of all, all those who were arrested for their involvement in 2G scam and coal block distribution scam are also free on bail. The end beneficiaries of many of the scams the leaders of the Congress are free and talking of sancy in public life. See the fun! This is the state of affairs in India.
  7. B
    Dec 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm
    Longtime ago Bollywood produced a movie called "Hum Sab Chor Hain".Bharat is a Land of Chors whether we like it or not.Try getting clearance from the Land management Office in Delhi?You can't get the paper unti or unless you pay the The Clerks,The officer in charge and even the officer who is appointed to inquire the complaint.
  8. A
    Dec 19, 2014 at 11:55 am
    Dynasty Raj!
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