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Oct 16, 2012, 05.18 PM IST
The Opposition has stepped up pressure for an independent inquiry into the land deal between Robert Vadra and DLF. Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala has threatened to move court.
12:30 pm: The Opposition is questioning the Haryana government over the transfer of IAS officer Ashok Khemka. "I am told he was the person who was supposed to make an enquiry into the deals in which Vadra's name is there. In such a situation, the role of the Haryana government has become. The Haryana state government should come clean, should explain. Otherwise, all these allegations are in public domain. They are of a very serious nature," CPI leader D Raja said.
12:15 pm: Anti-corruption activist Kiran Bedi said all honest officers were being transferred. reacting to IAS officer Ashok Khemka's action of cancelling the land mutation in the Robert vadra-DLF deal, Bedi said, "I am happy that Khemka raised his voice. This is not his voice alone, this is the voice of all civil servants."
12 noon: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said that the transfer of an IAS officer is not a punishment. Assuring a probe into the deal between Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and DLF, Hooda said, "A transfer is not a punishment. The Chief Secretary will investigate."
Refuting India Against Corruption Activist Arvind Kejriwal's allegation, Hooda also said that the Haryana government was not giving any undue favours to any one. Arvind Kejriwal came out strongly against the Haryana government for transferring IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who was probing the Robert Vadra-DLF land deal. Alleging the Haryana government of favouring Vadra and his family, Kejriwal said, "Khemka is an honest person. It seems the whole transaction was done to get the licence. We want to know from the Haryana CM that is there is any IAS transfer policy in the state? Does that policy allow transfer of IAS officer who is investigating Vadra? The Haryana government is favouring Vadra's family," Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal also tweeted, saying the state government ought to explain the turn of events. "Ashok Khemka transferred by Haryana government because he was probing Vadra's land deals in Haryana. We strongly criticise that," Kejriwal said.
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