1991 batch IAS, Ashok Khemka was probing alleged undervaluation of properties dealt with by son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra and his companies. “The State Government has eased out an inconvenient officer to obstruct investigation and protect vested interests,” Dr. JP added.
Mr. Khemka was Director General of Land Consolidation and Land Records-cum-Inspector-General of Registration prior to his transfer. He cancelled the mutation of a piece of land sold by Mr. Vadra and ordered an inquiry into the undervaluation of some of his land deals. Significantly, the transfer order was served on him on the night of October 11 while he ordered the investigation into the land deals on October 8. Mr. Khemka had been in the post of Director General for less than two months.
Dr. JP pointed out that the transfer runs counter to the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission of which he was a member and many other committees in the past. “All of them had suggested that officers should have security of tenure of three to five years in a post and not be at the mercy of political bosses. They should be chosen carefully and given appropriate assignments, the ARC had suggested,” Dr JP informed.