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Ashok Khemka writes to CBI chief to pursue investigation in seed scam

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Chandigarh: IAS officer Ashok Khemka wrote a letter to CBI Director Anil Sinha on Friday regarding the agency’s closure report in the Haryana seed scam. In his letter Khemka said, “It appears that the closure report is not based on sound professional grounds.”

IAS officer Ashok Khemka Photo credit: indianexpress.com
IAS officer Ashok Khemka
Photo credit: indianexpress.com

Khemka revealed this scam two years ago when he was the Managing Director  of Haryana Seed Development Corporation (HSDC) and said that the corporation purchased around one lakh quintal of wheat seeds at higher rates in 2010.

In the report submitted recently in the state assembly, the Comptroller of Auditor General (CAG) stated that the state had purchased the seeds at higher rates resulting in extra expenditure of approximately Rs 3 crore.

But the CBI closure report said that allegations of buying certified wheat seeds at outrageous rates (and so causing a loss to the state exchequer) could not be confirmed.

However, Khemka said that the closure report seems to be based on the defence of suspects and private suppliers “deliberately ignoring his complaint and completely overlooking several incriminating evidence available on record which clearly establish the guilt of the suspects acting in criminal collusion causing wrongful losses to the state exchequer.”

 

Earlier in April this year, when Khemka was unexpectedly transferred by Haryana’s BJP government led by Manohar Lal Khattar the officer had tweeted that the action was “painful”.

 

Pointing out the possibility of a conspiracy of some officials of Haryana government and central cooperative agencies with private suppliers, the IAS officer claimed that illegal gains in such transactions by suppliers were shared with people on the buy side. “It is clear to any discerning mind that the purchase procedure adopted was tailor-made to misappropriate government money by taking private seeds supplies at higher than market rates through the backdoor,” he was quoted as saying to a newspaper.

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PM Modi Slammed for “Destroying” CBI: Congress on Alok Verma’s Case

The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for "destroying" the premier investigating agency.

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The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for “destroying” the premier investigating agency.

“Modi adds another first to his list. After being the first Prime Minister to be exposed destroying the CBI before the Supreme Court, after having ruined the CVC’s (Central Vigilance Commission) credibility (requiring supervision by former SC judge), Modi has now become first Prime Minister to have his illegal orders set aside by the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

His remarks came soon after the Supreme Court judgment pronounced on a plea by Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the government’s decision on the intervening night of October 23-24 to divest Verma of his charge as head of the investigating agency.

Reminding Modi that the government comes and goes but the integrity of the institutions survive, Surjewala hoped that the judgement would be a “lesson” to the Prime Minister about the strength of country’s democracy and the Constitution.

“Modiji please remember, governments have come and gone. Integrity of our institutions have survived. Let this be a lesson to you about the strength of our democracy and the Constitution. Let this be a lesson that howsoever despotic you may be, law catches up in the end,” he said.

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Firing salvo at Prime Minister, the Congress leader said: “After making CBI Chief suffer the consequences of your illegal decision for three months, will you show the courage to return three months of lost tenure? Unless you are afraid of investigation into Rafale scam.

“Modi equals to ‘Muzzling of Democratic Institutions’. First, you lose four economic advisors in a row including two RBI Governors. Second, four Supreme Court judges go public on Judge (B.H.) Loya, then you destroy credibility and competence of the CBI and CVC. This is your model of ‘minimum governance, maximum government’,” he added.

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Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the Supreme Court verdict asking what has changed now.

“Before the Supreme Court verdict; Alok Verma didn’t have powers of CBI Chief, couldn’t take any decision on policy or investigation. After Supreme Court verdict: Ditto,” Singhvi tweeted. (IANS)