Key piece in Vadra, DLF jigsaw missing

Chandigarh :  Two pages of a file pertain-ing to the controversial DLF-Robert Vadra deal are missing from government records.

The discovery was made after IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had two years back cancelled mutation of the land deal between Vadra’s company and DLF, filed an RTI application seeking disclosure of all records on the deal. After the omission was detected, Khemka sought registration of an FIR. Admitting that the pages were missing, Chief Secretary P K Gupta said an internal inquiry has been instituted in the matter and efforts are on to reconstruct the file.

According to Khemka, the ‘missing’ pages contain official noting(s) pertaining to setting up of a three-member committee by the previous Hooda government, which gave a clean chit to Vadra’s firm. Demanding that a case be registered in the matter, Khemka told PTI that “it is a serious matter and it should be probed…How is the noting suddenly untraceable”.

The land deal between Vadra and real estate major DLF was struck in 2012 and allegedly saw the entrepreneur making a windfall fortune. The sale by Vadra of 3.5 acres of land in Gurgaon near Delhi for 57 crores had been challenged by Khemka, a senior bureaucrat, who was transferred within days of the cancellation of the deal.

Khemka says the missing documents will explain how the Congress government in Haryana set up a committee that overruled his decision to cancel Vadra’s deal. The committee had cleared the transaction as above board.

“The noting sheets …are likely to have been stolen by vested interests to avoid scrutiny of the wrongdoings of some officers,” Khemka has alleged in his complaint to the state government.

When the BJP came to power in Haryana in October, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had pledged that the deal will be exhumed by experts to see if laws were violated to allow Vadra illegal gain.

The Congress party has dismissed as a “non-issue” the matter of missing government records and charged that “vested interests” in the BJP leadership were flogging a dead horse for “malicious political motives”.

“The onus of safe custody of the file is that of the current BJP government in Haryana,” Congress spokesman Randeep

Singh Surjewala said.

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