Published On: Mon, May 18th, 2015

Charges against IAS officer Khemka who cancelled Vadra’s land deals may be dropped

Gurgaon: The appointment of a one-member commission to probe the controversial Gurgaon land deals, which took place when the Congress was in power in Haryana, has come as a relief for senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka who has been facing the stigma of a charge-sheet for two-and-a-half years.

Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka

Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka

Sources in the BJP government said that the state government, which is feeling relieved after it handed over the sensitive case to Justice S N Dhingra commission, may soon drop the charges registered against the upright officer.

Khemka had to pay a heavy price after he dared to cancel the mutation of a land deal involving Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s influential son-in-law Robert Vadra, who reportedly enjoyed the support of both state and central governments when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power at the Centre.

Khemka was served a seven-page charge-sheet on December 4, 2013.

The state government had levelled six allegations against Khemka, which include “overstepping his jurisdiction” and “sullying the state government’s image”.

The allegations had also included not relinquishing charge after transfer and taking “wrong decision” to cancel DLF land deal mutation.

Khemka in February 2014 had termed the Haryana government’s action against him as “gross injustice”, saying “victimisation should also be based on facts and truth”.

Khemka had raised objections against the move before the then chief secretary, S.C. Chaudhary.

The senior bureaucrat heaved a sigh of relief after the Congress was rejected by Haryana voters in the Assembly elections, but he continued to face harassment and was transferred 46th time to a low-key department even though the BJP came to power in the state.

Khemka had also expressed displeasure over the recent CAG report, which according to him, had not touched various other issues.

“Ashok Khemka despite being an honest officer has been facing the stigma of charge-sheet. Everybody knows that the charges were politically motivated. The role of anti-Khemka lobby had also come to the fore. The appointment of the commission is a clear indication that the chargesheet issued against Khemka is likely to be dropped soon,” a highly-placed source said.

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