Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday invited senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Ashok Khemka to join Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and fight elections against Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Kejriwal’s announcement comes after Khemka claimed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s son-in-law Robert Vadra falsified documents to acquire 3.53 acres of land in Shikohpur village in Haryana`s Gurgaon District.
Expressing his desire to have people like Khemka and IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal to be elected to the Parliament, Kejriwal tweeted: “It is people like Ashok Khemka and Durga who shud be in assemblies and parliament and make laws.”
Durga recently hit the national headlines after the Uttar Pradesh government unceremoniously suspended her for taking on the sand mafia.
“How long wud Ashok n Durga keep on demanding justice from same people who are themselves culprits? They shud come out to cleanse the system,” the AAP leader tweeted.
According to television channels, Khemka while replying to a government-appointed inquiry committee that had indicted him earlier, 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.
Both television channels have said that they have access to Khemka`s reply to the government-appointed inquiry committee, and revealed that Khemka has highlighted a series of sham transactions undertaken between Vadra`s Skylight Hospitality company and DLF Universal Limited between 2011 and 2012.
In his reply, according to the reports, Khemka claims Vadra was favoured as he is the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi.
Last year, Khemka, a senior Haryana cadre IAS officer, 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.
It led to a political hue and cry, but did not stop Khemka from seeking 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 DLF.