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Vadra gets clean chit in Haryana land deals

PTI  Chandigarh, April 22, 2013
First Published: 16:01 IST(22/4/2013) | Last Updated: 16:03 IST(22/4/2013)

Virtually giving a clean chit to Robert Vadra in the controversial land deal with DLF, a Haryana government panel has held there was no undervaluation while rejecting senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka's charge of wrong doing in the transaction.

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Official sources said the three-member committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Krishna Mohan said that Khemka had acted beyond the authority vested in him by cancelling the mutation of three-acre of land to DLF following the deal with Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

When contacted, Mohan declined to comment on the issue saying they had submitted their report to the office of the Chief Secretary and it was for him to take further action on it.

Another member of the Committee Principal Secretary Rajan Gupta, also declined to make any comment on the report.

The sources said factual position in the case is different from the stand taken by Khemka, who as Director General Consolidation of Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration, had ruled against Vadra.

Khemka had a day after his transfer on October 12 last year and three days before he actually relinquished charge had asked Deputy Commissioners of four districts of Gurgaon, Palwal, Faridabad and Mewat falling in NCR to "inspect all documents registered from 2005 on behalf of Vadra or his companies in the capacity of vendor (seller) and vendee (buyer)."

The committee was stated to have opined that there was no bungling in the land deals.

The committee was set up in October last year to go into the land deal involving Vadra's company and DLF in Haryana's Shikopur village, the mutation of which was cancelled by Khemka, alleging various irregularities.

Khemka had ordered cancellation of the mutation of the sale deed of over 3 acres of land in Gurgaon's Shikopur village in October last year. Vadra's Sky Light Hospitality had entered into the sale agreement with realty giant DLF for the sale of the land.

Khemka, who has been transferred 43 times in just two decades of service and a few days back to the post of secretary-archives, did not comment on the report.

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