Cong has Emergency mindset,says BJP

The Haryana government is not taking the probe further as ordered by the official,but is probing the conduct of the officer instead.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 17, 2012 12:50 am

The BJP on Tuesday hit out at the Congress for transferring an IAS officer in Haryana,Ashok Khemka,allegedly for ordering a probe into a land deal of Robert Vadra,son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. It termed the move as a reflection of the ruling party’s “Emergency mindset” to send a message that anyone who “questions the first family of the party will not be spared”.

“We condemn the shunting out of the official within hours after he initiated a probe into the land dealings of Vadra …. The Haryana government is not taking the probe further as ordered by the official,but is probing the conduct of the officer instead. The message is clear that one those who question the dynasty will not be spared,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

While reiterating the party’s demand for an impartial probe into the controversy surrounding the business deals of Vadra with real estate firm DLF,the BJP sought to clarify that it would not have demanded a probe had it been a private deal without any allegation of quid pro quo and undue benefits.

“We want the matter to be probed as there are charges of a quid pro quo and of undue benefits. Had it been a private deal,we would not have made this demand,” Javadekar reasoned.

Javadekar’s clarification underlying the criteria of “quid pro quo” and “undue benefits” for demanding a probe into the deals of Vadra,whom the Congress has described as a “private individual”,holds significance in the wake of speculations that activist Arvind Kejriwal will target BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday.

BJP leaders confided that they were keeping their fingers crossed on the next target of Kejriwal fearing that any substantial revelation may hit party’s campaign against the Congress.

Hooda should explain Khemka’s transfer: Kejriwal

India Against Corruption on Tuesday alleged that IAS officer Ashok Khemka of Haryana’s land registration department was transferred by the state government because he had initiated a probe into the land deals of Robert Vadra,son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Activist Arvind Kejriwal said,“Ashok Khemka (was) transferred by the Haryana government because he was probing into Vadra’s land deals. We strongly criticise that.”

“What is (the) transfer policy for IAS officers in Haryana? Under that policy,can an officer be transferred merely because he was investigating Vadra? Haryana Chief Minister ought to answer why Ashok Khemka was transferred?” Kejriwal tweeted.

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