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Haryana govt may initiate actionagainst Khemka

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, September 21, 2013
First Published: 22:58 IST(21/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:47 IST(22/9/2013)

The Haryana government may initiate departmental actions against IAS officer Ashok Khemka for criticising the administration over the controversial land deal struck by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, with realty major DLF last year.

Khemka may also be charged with overstepping his jurisdiction by cancelling the mutation of a 3.5-acre plot in Gurgaon’s Shikohpur, which Vadra bought and later sold to DLF.

Officials said the department of town and country planning of the Haryana government had proposed action against Khemka to the state chief secretary.

Since chief minister Bhupinder Hooda handles the personnel department, he would take a final call on the issue, the CM’s principal secretary SS Dhillon said.

Khemka, however, refused to comment on the issue.

In August, Khemka’s 100-page response to a government panel, set up to investigate his action, hit the headlines and gave rise to a clamour for the dismissal of Hooda’s government.

If Hooda decides to act, Khemka will have to answer the charges against him, which will then be forwarded as record of inquiry to the Union Public Service Commission. The decision on penalty will depend on the advice of the commission.

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