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Don't need security only quick investigation: Khemka

chandigarh Updated: Nov 05, 2012 23:30 IST
HT Correspondent

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Monday said he did not feel the need of security being provided to him, rather he wanted a fair probe into the threat call received by him.

Khemka had recently stirred a political storm by alleging irregularities in the land deals involving UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF.

Terming talks with chief secretary PK Chaudhery "privileged communication", Khemka refused to divulge details about his meeting with him.

Chaudhery, also president of the state IAS Officers' Association, had called Khemka in the wake of threat calls received by the senior IAS officer.

When asked to comment on the man arrested for allegedly making a threat call to Khemka's office in Panchkula recently, Khemka said he had given a statement to the police about this.

The suspect, identified as Umedh Singh and arrested last week, was an employee of the Haryana Housing Board and was dismissed from service by Khemka in 2006 when he was the board administrator.

Khemka said it was important to thoroughly investigate the motive behind the threats issued to him and to find out whether someone had instigated the suspect.

On being asked about the need for security, Khemka said he did not want to be protected.

Terming it just a state of mind, he said: "If you (mediapersons), who are doing more hazardous work than I do, don't need a security cover, I also don't see the need."

"I consider security paraphernalia a way of marking distinction between ruler and the ruled," he said.

Questioning the legality of statements issued by some officials over his order on the Vadra-DLF land deals, Khemka said only high court had the power to do it if Vadra or DLF moved the court.

It may be recalled that Khemka was transferred from the land consolidation department to his present posting at the Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC) soon after he initiated a probe into the land deals between Vadra and DLF.

However, a report submitted by four deputy commissioners in Haryana had later given a clean chit to Vadra over the controversial deals.