On a petition filed by Haryana cadre senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka alleging malafide for not considering his application for allotment of plot in serving government employees category, the Punjab and Haryana high court issued contempt of court notices to estate officers of Bahadurgarh and Palwal in Haryana.
Khemka had been in limelight in the recent past for cancelling the mutation of the 3.5 acre plot at Shikohpur village in Gurgaon sold by son-in-law of Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra, to DLF in 2008 on the grounds that the assistant consolidation officer was not authorised to sanction the mutation.
Alleging serious prejudice against him by the concerned officers, Khemka had submitted that he had applied for one kanal plot of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in Bahadurgarh and Palwal in serving government employees category but due to lapses on the part of concerned authorities his case was considered in the general category.
The division bench headed by justice Jasbir Singh issued the contempt notices on Friday to the estate officers for giving misleading information to the authorities that Khemka had not applied for the plot in the category for serving government employees and thus his name was considered against the general category.
The bench, while summoning the entire record pertaining to the case, in the meantime, directed the officers to take remedial steps to rectify the mistake. Haryana government's counsel informed the bench that still there were two plots vacant at Bahadurgarh and one at Palwal in the category for serving government employees.
Earlier on October 6, the high court while observing that Chander Parkash, administrator HUDA at Rohtak had submitted an affidavit in the court in which wrong averments were made not confirming with the official records, had issued show cause contempt notice to him. Parkash was also directed to remain present in the court on Friday.
However, on Friday, Parkash informed the bench that he had filed the affidavit on the basis of information passed to him by the two estate officers.
Khemka had applied for the one kanal plots in Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and Palwal in terms of the brochure issued by HUDA on November 6, 2009 inviting applications for the plots. His application in Faridabad was considered against the reserved category of serving employees. He had approached the high court seeking directions for allotment of one kanal plot either at sector-2, Bahadurgarh or at sector-2, Palwal.
The case would now come up for hearing on November 9.