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Transfer demoralising,dehumanising: IAS officer probing Vadra land deals

Khemka issued an order cancelling the mutation of over 3 acre plot of land in Manesar-Shikohpur.

Written by Agencies | Chandigarh | Published: October 16, 2012 1:13:33 pm

A senior Haryana IAS officer is at the Centre of a raging controversy after he 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.

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

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

“If these problems are brought in sunshine,probably my decisions would appear to be normal and correct. But what happens is,inside,you are guided and directed that behave differently.

“If you do take an action which you call strong but I would call as correct,and then action is taken against you,it’s very demoralising,dehumanising and you feel ashamed of yourself that look,there must be something wrong with you that these things are happening.

“You get words like ‘you don’t get along well with others,’there are shades of grey in life’ etc. These kinds of euphemism are created to deviate you from the correct path,” he said pleading for security as he feels “threat” from “vested elements” whom he has been exposing from time to time.

In his October 12 letter,a day after his transfer orders were issued,addressed to the Deputy Commissioners-cum-Registrar,Gurgaon,Faridabad,Palwal and Mewat districts,Khemka’s letter reads “inquiry regarding under valuation of some properties registered by Robert Vadra or his companies as vendor or vendee”.

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