Haryana CM Hooda says IAS transfer not punishment but prerogative of state government

Hooda-led Cong govt transferred Khemka in wake of his decision to probe Robert Vadra land deals.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2012 2:45 pm

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday refuted India Against Corruption (IAC) activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations that the state government had transferred senior officer Ashok Khemka because he was probing Robert Vadra’s land deals.

Hooda said the Haryana government does not give any undue favours to any one and transfer of state officers was a prerogative of the state government and not a punishment. Hooda also said the Vadra-DLF deal will be looked into.

The Congress dismissed as “baseless” charges that a senior Haryana IAS officer was transferred in the wake of his decision to probe alleged undervaluation of properties dealt with by Robert Vadra,son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

“The allegations are baseless. There is no witch hunt. We do not question the integrity of the officer. It is prerogative of the government to transfer any bureaucrat. The chief secretary will be able to brief about the reasons behind the transfer,” party general Secretary B K Hari Prasad.

Hari Prasad is in-charge of the party affairs in Congress-ruled Haryana.

Significantly,on the last day of his posting as Director General of Land Consolidation and Land Records-cum-Inspector-General of Registration yesterday,Ashok Khemka also issued an order cancelling the mutation of over 3 acre plot of land in Manesar-Shikohpur that Vadra had sold to DLF.

Khemka,a 1991-batch officer,has attacked the decision to transfer him,saying it was “demoralising and dehumanising”.

Criticising transfer of an Haryana IAS officer probing alleged undervaluation of properties dealt with by Robert Vadra,BJP today said Congress is suffering from an “Emergency mindset” and demanded that an impartial inquiry be held into the matter.

“Congress is in complete shambles and in doldrums. It is trying to save Robert Vadra. We want an honest and impartial probe into the charges. An honest officer with integrity who has decided to take suo moto action has been transferred. That too at 10 pm,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

He maintained that instead of acting further on the actions taken by Khemka,the Hooda government has taken action against him. Khemka had only spent two months in his last posting.

“This transfer shows the Emergency mindset of the Congress,” Javadekar said.

The Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in Haryana transferred Ashok Khemka,director general,consolidations of holdings and land records in the wake of his decision to probe alleged undervaluation of properties dealt with by Robert Vadra,son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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