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chandigarh Updated: Oct 17, 2012 00:25 IST
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Condemning the transfer of Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka probing into the land deals of Robert Vadra, BJP leader Anil Vij sat on a dharna outside the governor house here on Tuesday.

"The party will hold a statewide protest against shady land deals on Wednesday," he said.
Talking to mediapersons outside Haryana Raj Bhawan, Vij said the state government had punished Khemka for probing into illegal land deals of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Vadra. "It is because of Khemka's fair and honest functioning that he has been transferred 40 times in his career spanning 21 years," he said, adding that the Congress government had sent a message to other honest officials not to be fair lest they would get similar treatment.

Vij said he staged the dharna to draw the governor's attention and sought his intervention in the shady deals in which Khemka had not only named several officials but also revealed how had Vadra and DLF been favoured by the Congress government led by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
"The BJP demands Khemka be reverted back to the land consolidation department and a CBI probe into all deals involving Vadra and DLF," Vij added.

INLD demands judicial inquiry
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Prakash Chautala on Tuesday sought a probe by a serving judge of the Supreme Court into all land deals of Vadra's companies. "As the Hooda government was involved in all land scams, no state government agency should conduct a probe," he said.

"Khemka has got the stick in the past as well. He had revealed illegal deals in the Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation (Hartron) and termed it an institution full of corruption, following which he was transferred from there," Chautala said.

Govt has tortured Khemka: HJC
Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) leader Kuldeep Bishnoi condemned Khemka's transfer. "It is shocking to see how the Hooda government has tortured an honest officer. Instead of honouring him, it is frequently transferring him because he had exposed various scams," he said.

Chief secy asked to probe into Khemka's claims
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said that he had directed chief secretary PK Chaudhery to examine the assertions made by IAS officer Ashok Khemka. "The state government is not favouring anyone. It is acting in a neutral manner," Hooda said.

"In case the assertions made by Khemka proves someone guilty in the inquiry, action will be taken against defaulters," adding that if Khemka had misquoted facts, action would be taken against him.

On Khemka's transfer, the chief minister said it was the government's prerogative.