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Pages Missing from File on Robert Vadra Land Deal

Chandigarh, Dec 19: In yet another development in the Robert Vadra-DLF case, two crucial pages from the file are missing. The issue came to light after IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had challenged controversial land deal,filed an RTI application seeking a copy of that file.

The RTI revealed that important documents on a committee that rejected the allegations against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra are missing. The file dealt with the three-member committee that was set up by the previous Haryana government of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to examine whether Khemka had rights to cancel the land deals.

Responding to Khemka's RTI application, State Public Information Officer DR Wadhwa said in an affidavit: "The undersigned made many efforts to trace out page no. 1 and 2 of the noting of the official file, but could not trace the pages. Hence, the pages could not be provided to the appellant."

Following the revelation, Khemka has written to the state Chief Secretary asking him to file an FIR in the matter. The government, in turn, has assured action in the case.

Khemka was the director general (Consolidation) when the land deal was cancelled. The land deal between Vadra and real estate major DLF was struck in 2012. The committee later cleared the deal and recommended chargesheet against the bureaucrat.

The sale by Vadra of 3.5 acres of land in Gurgaon near Delhi for 57 crore had been challenged by Ashok Khemka, who was transferred within days of cancelling the deal.

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