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Vadra-DLF Land Deal: Panel looking into Khemka's orders submits report

HT Correspondent  Chandigarh, December 29, 2012
First Published: 00:17 IST(29/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:19 IST(29/12/2012)

A committee of officers constituted by the Haryana government to inquire into an order pertaining to the cancellation of a mutation of 3.53 acre in Gurgaon's Shikohpur village, on Friday submitted its report to the chief secretary.

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Mutation means recording the transfer of title of a property from one entity to another in the revenue records.

The 3.53 acre was sold by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra to real estate giant DLF Universal Ltd. Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka during his tenure as director general, consolidation of landholdings, had set aside the mutation of September 2012 on the grounds that the assistant consolidation officer, who had sanctioned the mutation, was not authorised to do so.

Khemka had issued the orders on October 15 though he was transferred out of the consolidation department on October 11. He, however, relinquished the charge on October 15 evening after ordering the cancellation of the mutation. The issue had created quite a furore nationwide. The Gurgaon deputy commissioner (DC), however, refused to give effect to the officer's orders.

The IAS officer had, on October 12, also issued an order asking the Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat DCs to look for any under valuation of property registered by Vadra or his companies.
The chief secretary, PK Chaudhery, told Hindustan Times on Friday that the report would be examined by the government. "The committee has gone into detail on various aspects of the issue," he said.

The committee headed by Krishna Mohan, additional chief secretary, revenue, was constituted on October 19 to "ascertain facts and to inquire into the matter to ascertain acts of omission and commission by various authorities involved". Its mandate was to scrutinise the orders of October 12 and 15 issued by Khemka in his capacity as director general, consolidation, and inspector general of registration.

The Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat DCs had, on October 26, communicated to the government that there was no under valuation of properties purchased by Vadra and his companies. In separate communications, the four DCs cleared Vadra's name as far the issue of under valuation of properties was concerned.

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