Locking horns with the Haryana government, senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Monday said there was no need to set up a committee after he had cancelled the sale of over three acres of land to realty major DLF following a deal with businessman Robert Vadra.
Asked if the probe into alleged irregularities relating to Robert Vadra-DLF land deals was heading into the right direction, especially after the constitution of the committee, Khemka said: "I have not got any notice (regarding setting up of the committee)."
"Neither they (the committee members) have called me nor I am aware of the probe they are conducting," he said.
"If anyone has felt aggrieved at my orders, the right jurisdiction lies with the high court. The government, Robert Vadra, the DLF or any affected department such as the town and country planning could have approached the high court," he said.
"This is the due process as per the law. But, if you (government) don't believe in this and form any other committee, it indicates you don't have faith in the Constitution ... which is a matter of great regret," Khemka said.
On October 16, the state government had ordered an inquiry after Khemka had cancelled the mutation of the land deal.
"The state government has nonetheless ordered an inquiry into all the issues (irregularities) raised by Khemka in the land deals," Chaudhery had earlier stated.
The Inquiry Committee, headed by the additional chief secretary, also has two senior members of the state government and it was asked to complete the probe within a month.
Apparently referring to the four deputy commissioners giving a clean chit to Vadra, Khemka said: "At least allow your (government's) own committee to function. I would say that you are even trying to pre-judge the decision of your own committee by telling them that this is what government has decided (to give a clean chit to Vadra) by issuing a press release," he said.
A state government release on October 26 had said: "The deputy commissioners of four districts - Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat - have inspected all documents registered in their respective districts from January 1, 2005, till date by or on behalf of Robert Vadra or his companies in the capacity of either vendor or vendee and have certified that no deed has been found registered as undervalued."
"I would say if you don't want to move the court against my orders, at least allow the three officers of the inquiry committee to do their job," Khemka added.