Transfer of Haryana IAS officer: Cong says no witch hunt

Congress today dismissed as "baseless" charges that a senior Haryana IAS officer was transferred in the wake of his decision to probe alleged undervaluation of properties dealt with by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

"The allegations are baseless. There is no witch hunt. We do not question the integrity of the officer. It is prerogative of the government to transfer any bureaucrat. The Chief Secretary will be able to brief about the reasons behind the transfer", party General Secretary B K Hari Prasad told PTI.

Hari Prasad is in charge of the party affairs in Congress-ruled Haryana.

Significantly, on the last day of his posting as Director General of Land Consolidation and Land Records-cum- Inspector-General of Registration yesterday, Ashok Khemka also issued an order cancelling the mutation of over 3 acre plot of land in Manesar-Shikohpur that Vadra had sold to DLF.

Khemka, a 1991-batch officer, has attacked the decision to transfer him, saying it was "demoralising and dehumanising".

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