Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Tuesday questioned the legal authority of the committee formed by the Haryana government to probe into his recent order cancelling the land deal of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and real estate giant DLF. Khemka said that except for the high court no one had any legal authority to do so.
Stating that it was a quasi-judicial decision by director, general consolidation, Haryana, the post he held till October 11, Khemka said that it could only be challenged in the high court by the aggrieved party.
Asked if he felt that the Haryana government was trying to shield Vadra, he denied having made any insinuation to this effect.
The Haryana government had on Friday formed an inquiry committee headed by additional chief secretary, revenue, Krishan Mohan, with two other senior IAS officers KK Jalan and Rajan Gupta to examine Khemka's stand on the land deals involving Vadra and DLF in Gurgaon and Palwal districts.
To a question on the recent letter by TC Gupta, director, town and country planning department, to chief secretary PK Chaudhery, terming Khemka's order incorrect, he said it was a "red herring" to divert attention from the real issue.
The inquiry, which was to be completed within a month by the committee, was to look into Khemka's claims on land deals involving Robert Vadra's M/s Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd and DLF
Khemka had on October 15 cancelled the mutation of the 3.5-acre plot sold by Vadra to DLF for Rs. 58 crore. The panel was also to look into all decisions pertaining to land deals taken by Khemka and other officials of land consolidation department. It would take into consideration objections raised by town and country planning department director TC Gupta against the claims of Khemka in the context.