Chandigarh: Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Thursday said that the CAG report nailing the previous Congress government in Haryana led by then Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for showing undue favours to Robert Vadra vindicated his stand in the latter's multi-million rupee controversial land deal with realty giant DLF.
Using #CAGreport, Ashok Khemka took to Twitter and wrote that he stands vindicated in the CAG report that nails Robert Vadra.
#CAGreport My action in VADRA-DLF land-license deal vindicated in CAG report, but continue to suffer the stigma of charge sheet.
— Ashok Khemka, IAS (@AshokKhemka_IAS) March 25, 2015
His reactions came a day after the Comptroller and Auditor General report, which was tabled in the Haryana Assembly, said that the "possibility of extending undue benefit to particular applicant (Vadra's company) cannot be ruled out".
It has also questioned the "distinction" made by the Hooda government for Vadra's company in giving permissions.
Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, sold a prime 3.5 acre piece of land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF in 2008 for Rs 58 crore. The land had, however, only cost his company around Rs 15 crore and was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Hooda government.
The Hooda government, on its part, had obliged Vadra with quick sanction of the permissions required, it stated.
Interestingly, Ashok Khemka had ordered the scrapping of the land deal, saying that it was illegal.
The controversy became a national issue with opposition parties alleging that the then Congress government was doing everything to help Vadra in his controversial land deals in the National Capital Region (NCR) and areas around Delhi.
Vadra had bought land in four districts of Gurgaon, Palwal, Faridabad and Mewat in Haryana adjoining Delhi.
Alleging that Vadra's land deals caused loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer, Khemka marked a probe into all land deals of Vadra and his companies since 2005. But the Hooda government gave Vadra a clean chit and instead charge sheeted Khemka for his actions.