Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka transferred again

Senior Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had kicked up a political storm over irregularities in land deals involving UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty firm DLF, was transferred for a second time in nearly six months.

Khemka, currently managing director of Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, has been posted as secretary, Haryana Archives in place of Vikas Yadav, an official release said today.

No reason has been cited for the transfer of the whistleblower bureaucrat.

However, Khemka's decisions on postings and disciplinary action against employees of the corporation had raised hackles.

Khemka, 47, has been transferred over 40 times in his 21-year-long career.

Khemka was shifted from the director general consolidation of land holdings and land records-cum-inspector general of registration to the seed development corporation in October last year shortly after he initiated a probe into the land dealings between Vadra and realty giant DLF.

After cancelling the mutation of the land deal, Khemka had alleged that he had received a number of threat calls.
Khemka's order, however, was set aside after four Haryana deputy commissioners conducted inquiry into the deals and gave a clean chit to Vadra saying that there was no "undervaluation" or loss of revenue to the government in the land deals involving him in the state.

Khemka has called the government's inquiry report on the land deal between Vadra and DLF "an attempt to defend the land licensing transaction of companies owned by Vadra" and sought details of all the land deals by the companies in Haryana.