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Vadra land deal: Probe into allocation of Gurgaon commercial licence begins

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Investigation into a land deal involving Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra has begun, an official said.

The investigation initiated on Monday is led by a one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI), although Gurgaon joint commissioner of police Saurabh Singh has been attached to the inquiry commission for necessary assistance.

The transfer or disposal of licences, allegations of private enrichment and ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules will be probed by the commission.

The report is expected to be submitted to the state government within the next six months.

“Retired Delhi high court judge SN Dhingra, who will probe the issue, visited his office for the first time and checked some papers and files related to Vadra’s land deal,” senior officials told IANS.

A meeting involving officials was held by Justice Dhingra at the newly set-up office in Civil Lines.

Issues pertaining to the grant of commercial licence to Sky Light Hospitality, a company owned by Vadra, will be conducted by him.

Vadra’s company was granted a commercial licence for 2.70 acres in Sector 83 (Shikohpur), Gurgaon by the town and country planning department in 2008.

Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka as director general of consolidation of holdings had cancelled the mutation of 3.5 acres in Shikohpur on the Delhi-Jaipur-Mumbai National Highway 8.

The plot was sold by Vadra to realty giant DLF.

A report constituted by the then Congress government in Haryana had termed Khemka’s orders “inappropriate and without jurisdiction”.

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Haryana govt drops charges against IAS officer Ashok Khemka

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New Delhi: In a major relief for whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka, the Haryana government on Wednesday dropped charges against him.

Khemka was charge-sheeted in May 2013 by the Congress government of Bhupinder Singh Hooda and accused of administrative misconduct while cancelling the mutation of the Rs 58-crore land deal between Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company and DLF.

Khemka, however, said he was yet to receive official confirmation in this regard.

Despite the BJP government taking over in October 2014, the charges had not heretofore been dropped.

On April 1 2015 Khemka was once again transferred to an inconsequential posting by the BJP government in Haryana. This was Khemka’s 45th transfer in 24 years.

Khemka, as per the latest orders of the Haryana government, had been posted as Secretary, Archaeology and Museums Department and Director General, Archaeology and Museums.

He was appointed as transport commissioner and secretary, Transport department, last year after Manohar Lal Khattar assumed office as chief minister of the first BJP government in Haryana.

At that time, Khemka, who had blown the lid off from the controversial multi-million-rupee land deals of Vadra, was touted to get an important assignment. However, he was posted in the transport department.

(With inputs from agencies)

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