NEW DELHI: There seems to be more trouble for Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and his land deals in Haryana. IAS officer Ashok Khemka has claimed that Vadra falsified documents for 3.53 acre land in the Shikohpur village of Gurgaon
Khemka claimed that the Vadra-DLF deal was worth Rs 58 crore and that if all land scams in Haryana are taken into account over the past eight years, the value of scams could be between Rs 20,000 and Rs 3.5 lakh crore.
Khemka has also highlighted a series of sham transactions undertaken between his company Skylight Hospitality and DLF Universal Limited – beginning 2011 and culminating in 2012.
Khemka claims Vadra was favoured as he is the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi. Senior Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka had kicked up a political storm in 2012 when he alleged irregularities in the land dealings of Robert Vadra and DLF in the state and asked the state government to give him a copy of the inquiry reports conducted by it.
Khemka had also sought a response from the government on whether a cheque issued by Robert Vadra’s company was a dummy cheque or not. He had said if the report had appeared in newspapers then he should also have access to it.
Khemka was transferred from Director General Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration to his present posting in the State’s Seed Development Corporation shortly after he initiated a probe into land dealings between Vadra and realty giant DLF. A probe report submitted by four deputy commissioners in Haryana had given a “clean chit” to Vadra over his land deals.
The Prime Minister’s Office in November, 2012 had told Allahabad High Court that charges of irregularities in land deals against Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law were false, vexatious and based on hearsay. “Petition is driven by a desire for publicity and seems to be actuated by political considerations rather than public interest. It was unnecessarily dragged into the case through this petition in Allahabad High Court,” the PMO had said in the court.