After media buzz, quiet day for Khemka in new post
After going through the rigour of giving interviews to news channels on the Robert Vadra-DLF land deals, Haryana-cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka had a quiet day in his new assignment as the managing director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, on Wednesday.chandigarh Updated: Oct 17, 2012 23:56 IST
After going through the rigour of giving interviews to news channels on the Robert Vadra-DLF land deals, Haryana-cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka had a quiet day in his new assignment as the managing director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, on Wednesday.
Electronic media made a beeline for the 1991-batch officer at his flat in Sector 19 here in the morning and then at his new office in Sector 2, Panchkula. But reporters at his office were turned down as he wanted to call time on interviews after 10-hour discussion on news channel. "I am too exhausted to go through the same long and complicated procedure for the day," he said. But a journalist from Washington Post managed to interview Khemka in the forenoon at his office.
Meanwhile, it seemed that Khemka's reputation made its presence felt at the Panchkula office. An uneasy calm prevailed there. There were, however, some officers who were happy with the disciplined and forthright officer taking charge of the otherwise lesser-known seed corporation.
"Rare are officers who sincerely tend to check corruption," an official said, requesting anonymity. Another official said most of them knew Khemka's fair and fearless functioning, as he had been with the Haryana warehousing corporation, situated next to the seed corporation building.
Panel yet to be formed
The Haryana government till Wednesday evening did not announce the names of members of the proposed inquiry committee to probe into IAS officer Ashok Khemka's claims.
The government had, on Tuesday, announced the formation of the inquiry committee that would be headed by an additional chief secretary. Two senior members of the state government was to be its members. The inquiry is to be completed within a month.
Meanwhile, Khemka's order on mutation of a land deal between Robert Vadra's Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd and DLF can be challenged in a high court, as per norms. The two companies, however, have an option of applying for a fresh mutation of the 3.53-acre plot at Shikohpur village in Gurgoan district.
A government spokesperson had, on Tuesday, held that there was nothing wrong with the mutation done by the assistant consolidation officer. Before relinquishing the post of director general (consolidation), Khemka had, on October 15, cancelled the mutation of the plot sold by Vadra to DLF for Rs 58 crore on the ground that the assistant consolidation officer was not authorised to carry out the mutation of the plot in question.
First Published: Oct 17, 2012 21:32 IST