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Haryana brushes under carpet Khemka’s letter

Transfer of Panchayat land: State govt did not place officer’s letter hinting politician-bureaucrat nexus before HC

Transfer of Panchayat land: State govt did not place officer’s letter hinting politician-bureaucrat nexus before HC

The Haryana government did not put up a letter written by a senior IAS officer hinting politician-bureaucrat nexus behind the transfer of panchayat land to private individuals and builders in Gurgaon when a case pertaining to the matter came up for hearing in Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday.

The government failed to place the letter’s contents before the court despite Director General (Consolidation of Holdings),Haryana,Ashok Khemka,recommending the same.

In his letter,dated July 25,addressed to the Additional Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner (Revenue),Khemka had categorically mentioned that the contents of his letter may be allowed to be placed before the high court.

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Khemka,in his letter,had also written that “It is feared that there may be several such orders under Section 42 of the Consolidation Act passed by the Director (Consolidation) transferring Gram Panchayat Land in favour of private parties without the mandatory approval of the competent authority under the VCL Act.”

He had also mentioned that such orders under Section 42 were gross abuse of position by the authority concerned. “I am not able to reconcile myself to such gross abuse of authority. This is a fit case for registration of a criminal case and investigation by an appropriate independent agency like the CBI,since the involvement of higher-ups cannot be ruled out,” Khemka added.

The letter went to add that “the unauthorised exchange of Panchayat land means drawing of wrongful pecuniary benefits at the cost of the Gram Panchayat.”

“The divisional commissioners may be directed to dig out all such orders made under Section 42 of the Consolidation Act in the past,thereby exchanging Panchayat land with the land of private parties without the specific approval of the state government in the development and panchayat department,” the letter reads.

Despite such strong words,written by the state government’s own officer,there has been no action from the government’s side. Sources disclosed that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government has chosen to ignore the recommendations made by Khemka in his communication.