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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First Published on: December 19, 2014 4:56 am
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    Dharma
    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 ?
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      B. SRIDHAR
      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!
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        MANI CHANDRASHEKHAR
        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
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          Londonraj
          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.
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            satyajita
            Jan 1, 2015 at 7:19 am
            you must also arrest the committee that cleared Vadra
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              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.
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                Bgoswami
                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.
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                  Anonymous
                  Dec 19, 2014 at 11:55 am
                  Dynasty Raj!
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                    Anup
                    Dec 19, 2014 at 8:37 am
                    You are so very right!As is well known, these are two sides of the same coin!
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                      Apache Indian
                      Dec 19, 2014 at 1:59 am
                      Why can not the file system be digitalized in India?
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                        avi
                        Dec 19, 2014 at 5:46 am
                        Ask Sonia/Hooda and others, it's very common for papers to disappear from files in India. Khemka who was shunted by them is still there to provide evidence, why loose time ? We need Robber Vadra in jail !!!
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                          Brijkhanna
                          Dec 19, 2014 at 10:48 pm
                          File charge sheets against the officers to tell as these pages are missing. Tempering with Government files is a serious offense, who so ever have done it, have to explain the facts under affidavits. If found guilty they are liable to be punished by a administrative committee comprising of Chief Secretary and two other senior officilas.
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                            Krishnan Narayanan
                            Dec 19, 2014 at 11:24 am
                            Vembu should realize that jumping to conclusion does not make safe landing.His comments speaks of his mindset.
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                              Kolsat
                              Dec 19, 2014 at 2:41 am
                              We heard this excuse before therefore I am not really surprised. Many Indian administrators work on the percentage basis i.e. what percentage will I get from your profits. This is their ususal modus opei. Once the enquiry began someone in the department must have removed and burnt those pages. Vadra can sleep sound because his billions are safe and no one can indict him.
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                                s m
                                Dec 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm
                                Can we have an end to this Vadra matter one way or the other. Pleas appoint a fast track court have the matter done and dusted. It is not right to have such elements consume so much of newsprint !
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                                  umesh k
                                  Dec 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm
                                  How nepotism, favouritism can make a man who is cl 10 ped to a multi millionaire. It is very sad to know that a high level committee was formed and shoddy investigations were done to give clean cheat to a man, who is a relative of most powerful person of the country at that time. How long this will go on? When the law and order and justice will prevail in the country. Hard working and dedicated people will have to go through lot of hardship and obstruction in government offices to make their dreams come true, but here is a man law has been bended by the people in high places to make him multi millionaire. Hope the present and future governments and beaurocrats will be impartial with each and every citizen of country, given fair chance to grow depending upon the ability of the person. The people who had done shoddy inquiry should be taken to the task and early punitive action be carried out against them. Mr Vadra, man married in one time powerful family not only spend his days in jail, like any ordinary citizen who commits this type of offence, but also his ill gotten earnings should be forfeited by the government. India is no more a banana republic and hard earning people of the country are no more mango people, they are all equal in the eyes of law and justice
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                                    Navi
                                    Dec 19, 2014 at 12:53 am
                                    See the BJP milked the Khemka-Vadra isuue.Now only Khemka is trying to set the ball rolling.Where is BJP govt on the case.Why are they dragging their feet.If the file pages are missing they should file a police report and fix the responsibility.But they just want to enjoy their power!
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                                      Indian
                                      Dec 19, 2014 at 10:42 am
                                      But BJP government can take action against record keeper under whom papers were missing and also officers of CMO. Why not such actions and till now no FIR?I am always against Congress corruption and one of the most critics of AAP.I had high exception from Modi and till now it is there except few decision. I have seriously doubt about most other BJP leaders and found there has not much difference between Congress or BJP or any other party in protecting each other's interest in such corruption cases.Modi is doing fine job and hope he would continue .
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                                        Indian
                                        Dec 19, 2014 at 10:48 am
                                        There has nothing wrong in allowing ex-CBI chief to retire honorably without any action as it was only 12 days left when SC criticize him and there has not any provision of removing CBI Director unless very solid case.CWG - 2G - Coal are monitoring by SC and government's roll is very minimal.Black money is complicated process and one can see that Modi government is working towards it but it is lengthy and time taking process. Those who understand this would not criticize government for this.Regarding Case of paper missing from Vadra case, Haryana government can takes action like immediate suspensions of Record Keeper, Officers who are responsible for missing record. And file FIR which means criminal procedure for those who are responsible for this (mostly harayna government officers / I) and end of there career. But not taking such action creates serious doubts that new government is not much interested to open up truth behind Vadra Case.
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                                          Indian
                                          Dec 19, 2014 at 3:58 am
                                          now its BJP government in HaryanaWhy is it not taking action against officers who are behind this?Why not immediate suspensntions of officers & clerical staff's under which doent missing. why drama of inquiry?In Rajsthan, BJP has been in power for more than 1.5 years now and in Haryan for more than 3 months.Cases against Vadra has not moved even one inch during this period.It gives image that BJP & Congress - always blames others but never act against in inquiry. They are happy to fight election against but in back, both manages each other interest.
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                                            Iam Me
                                            Dec 19, 2014 at 9:00 am
                                            Because if you are literate enough to undestand the above article - it states that the crucial pages from the file are missing i.e. the doents that could have been used as proof are gone ! This is the only case where Vadra can be nabbed as there was some doentary evidence and financial wrong doing. What happened in rajasthan will not stand in court...Vadra bought the land years before the Gehlot govt declared the Solar policy. Although it is clear that Vadra must have bought the land only after insider information from Gehlot government - but court will ask for proof. There will be no doentary proof for that. Since he is not even officaly in Congress you can't even accuse him for that.Congress are old pros at this scam game. They have wiped out the traces of scam and its only becuase of people like Khemka that we might get some proof. Haryana case is where he will surely have to answer the people.About BJP not being able to act...well Kejriwal promised Shiela to be behind bars within 7 days if he comes to power...he claimed he had all the evidence in a 500 page file...what happened ? Shiela was allowed to go easily and become a governor.
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