DLF planned township on land Robert Vadra bought, then dropped it

Revenue records and stamp paper agreements listing the sale of land parcels in Amipur show that between 2006 and 2008, Robert Vadra purchased around 45 acres in Amipur while Priyanka purchased 5 acres.

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Updated: April 29, 2017 10:14 am
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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra issued a statement Thursday that the source of funds for the land she bought and sold in Faridabad, Haryana had “no relationship whatsoever” with husband Robert Vadra, his firm Skylight Hospitality or real estate major DLF. Yet the 5 acres she bought and sold in Amipur in Faridabad district form part of the land parcels which have been under the scanner of enforcement agencies — two persons have already been summoned and questioned — and purportedly figure in the Justice S N Dhingra Commission report on alleged irregularities in Haryana land deals.

Revenue records and stamp paper agreements listing the sale of land parcels in Amipur show that between 2006 and 2008, Robert Vadra purchased around 45 acres in Amipur while Priyanka purchased 5 acres.

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And in October 2012, the DLF, responding to queries from The Indian Express on its links with the Amipur land purchased by Robert Vadra, stated in an email that it had given a Rs 15-crore advance to the Skylight Group for the construction of a proposed township in Amipur but the project did not achieve fruition.

Land agreement between Priyanka and Pahwa

“In 2008-09, Skylight Group offered us an opportunity to purchase a parcel of land in Faridabad and accordingly, DLF advanced Rs 15 crore in instalments. After concluding the due diligence, we found that there were legal infirmities in the land parcel and decided against the purchase. Accordingly we requested for refund of our advance which was refunded in totality by the Skylight Group. Subsequent to this, we have no interest or involvement whatever in Amipur or Faridabad,” the DLF said.

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The Amipur revenue records also show that around the time Vadra bought land, NRI businessman C C Thampi too bought huge tracts of adjoining land.

Several pieces of Amipur land, including the five acres purchased by Priyanka, were sold by a property dealer Harbans Lal Pahwa who, according to company records, had also been a director of a Vadra firm, Real Earth Estate, for a year.

Pahwa is said to be ailing and could not be reached for comments. But earlier, when he spoke to The Indian Express, Pahwa had claimed that he was asked by Thampi to re-purchase the Amipur land that he had sold to the Vadra couple.

Thampi has been in the crosshairs of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and, in December 2016, was stopped at the Chennai airport and questioned.

Two months ago, Thampi was issued a show-cause notice by the ED for alleged violations involving a sum of Rs 288 crore by acquiring huge tracts of land in the name of his company, Holiday City Centre, in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh which he could not have done as an NRI.

The other Faridabad resident who has been a recent subject of ED interest is Congress worker Mahesh Nagar. Summoned by the ED, he moved court but got no reprieve and, in December 2016, was told to appear before the agency for questioning in connection with the Bikaner land deals.

Earlier this month, Nagar’s residence and offices in Faridabad were searched by the ED which claimed he was linked to Vadra’s firm Skylight Hospitality.

Reached for comments, Mahesh Nagar said he was being “victimised” for his “supposed” links to the Vadra couple.

“I do not know why the ED conducted the raids. I was not at home and they only found some gold in the house which women usually keep. I have nothing to do with the land deals of the family anymore. What I do know is all the land has been sold back by the family to Pahwa several years ago. But he is unwell and not in a position to speak,” Nagar said.

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    SubbuI
    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm
    WILL SOME ONE FROM ADARSH PRADHAN MANTRI CAMP TELL US WHAT HAPEERN TO THE 13600 CRORES BLACK MONEY CAUGHT IN GUJARATH FROM ONE SHAH OR MEHTA DURING DEMONETASATION DAYS. THAT MONEY GONE TO U.P ELECTION FUND? LEAVE PRINAKA VADRA ALONE AND FIRST CLEAN UP YOUR . ANY THING GOES UP HAD TO COME DOWN HOPE THESE A&& S ARE AWARE OF IT?
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      Mohan
      Apr 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm
      Conclusion A sells to B for Rs 3 lacs 4 years later the SAME A buys back from the SAME B the SAME land area for Rs 16 lacs ...... JUST LIKE THAT ! Didn't the brother buy a shop in Delhi and sell it 3/4 years later for a hefty profit perhaps to the same individual or his companies DO YOU THINK THAT IS BUSINESS AS USUAL ?
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        Ajay Misra
        Apr 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm
        Rich tradition of Nehru hi vadara is golden history of honest who became prime minister by default with British blessing created cancer of Kashmir and defeat fro tribals from west and Chinese from north
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          Nitul Bhatt
          Apr 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm
          Does Robert look like an erudite, suave enterpreneur by any stretch of imagination? Does he have any wisdom to spot opportunities? And a listed en y like DLF would pay a cheque of Rs 15 cr. before due deligence. It is a big joke and falsehood. Looking at Robert he comes across as old bollywood mafia Ajit.
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            Madhukar Nikam
            Apr 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm
            Glad there is some headway in the chor's land deals
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              vvvvv
              Apr 29, 2017 at 12:24 pm
              We People of Inida still trust Congress and Nehru Family what ever ideology u implement not going to work.. Future PM is Rahul Jee... Jai Hind
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                Abhi
                Apr 29, 2017 at 11:00 am
                India is disappointed with Modi, Acha din o, Robert vadra is free , No lokpal, Kasmir Gone, business dull, Only Cows and Dogs are better off, planning to settle abroad
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                  SATISH
                  Apr 29, 2017 at 11:23 am
                  SCAMGRESS dogs have only that alternataive
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                  Neelakantan Chandrasekaran
                  Apr 29, 2017 at 10:46 am
                  “In 2008-09, Skylight Group offered us an opportunity to purchase a parcel of land in Faridabad and accordingly, DLF advanced Rs 15 crore in instalments. After concluding the due diligence, we found that there were legal infirmities in the land parcel and decided against the purchase. Accordingly we requested for refund of our advance which was refunded in totality by the Skylight Group. Subsequent to this, we have no interest or involvement whatever in Amipur or Faridabad,” the DLF said. How everyone hides! IE included! Advance given in 2008-09- when the advance was returned- very very con uously Slent on date! after Modi came to power? or after Vadra matter blew up around 2012? it beats me why IE takes/accepts such answers?!
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                    Mangoman
                    Apr 29, 2017 at 10:41 am
                    Indians love when hi's and their clan bend them over .......
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                      Raman Ravi
                      Apr 29, 2017 at 10:08 am
                      It's a pity she has to endure this horrendous looking man every night through her back. She screams n screams but it penetrates her night after night. She has stamina like her Sicilian mom.
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                        Sam
                        Apr 29, 2017 at 11:01 am
                        This shows your culture. I feel pity for your family. Please get a proper treatment.
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                          Tag
                          Apr 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                          Vadra does look like a pimp.
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                        David
                        Apr 29, 2017 at 10:06 am
                        I see black label whiskey splashed all over their face. Both the siblings are duffers. Off all the people she marrys a rober. She could have choosen the best; a scientists, CEO, doctor or even a saint of a man. Such is the fraud DNA. Also called karma. R G will never be PM. Thats karma.
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                          Raghu
                          Apr 29, 2017 at 9:44 am
                          Looter mo.th.er...fu.ck.er va.dra....d.o.g...priya bi.a.ch...& family should be in jail for ever
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                            TIHAEwale
                            Apr 29, 2017 at 9:16 am
                            Priyanka getting married to Robber Vadra was the first wrong step. this transaction is not going to damage Priyanka but Robber -DLF deals definitely blew up Rahul's PM aspiration rather now for Rahul it looks retaining Amethi itself looks difficult
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                              vvvvv
                              Apr 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                              It seems modi have no other job only to distrub congress and congress men... Jai Hind
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                              s s nair
                              Apr 29, 2017 at 8:48 am
                              It looks only Robert Vadra makes profit in India and all others have gone bankrupt.
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                                TIHAEwale
                                Apr 29, 2017 at 9:18 am
                                No No Dushyant-Lali Modi, Nitin from Nagpur are some other to give company to Robber
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                                mklburg
                                Apr 29, 2017 at 8:42 am
                                WHAT HAS SHE DONE EXCEPT CHAIN SMOKING TO MAKE CRORES,ACRES OF VERY VALUABLE LAND BY HERSELF, SPECIALLY SINCE SHE IS DISTANCING FROM ROBER, WHAT A DISGRACE FOR AN INDIAN WOMAN WITH CHILDREN TO SAY " I HAVE NO CONNECTION WITH HUSBAND,HIS BUSINESS"
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                                  k.madhukar
                                  Apr 29, 2017 at 9:53 am
                                  she has come out with real and bull story, ha ha ha
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                                  manu
                                  Apr 29, 2017 at 8:42 am
                                  The best part is that people still get fooled by Congress,as they had been doing for 7 decades
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                                    Joji Cherian
                                    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:33 am
                                    But people get enamored with pogroms and therefore they elected Modi
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                                      Tag
                                      Apr 29, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                                      Christians r experts in pogroms. Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini. All devout men , blessed by the Pope.
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                                      vvvvv
                                      Apr 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                                      This is u r BJP & RSS ideology we people of india still trust Congress and Nehru jee family.. Jai Hind
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                                      Dipak
                                      Apr 29, 2017 at 8:15 am
                                      The younger is trying to fool the people. She is definitely smarter than her brainless brother but she can't hide illegal land mafiagiri of Vadra and herself. The Italian Kamvali taught them all how to make money without working at it.
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                                        KS KUMAR
                                        Apr 29, 2017 at 6:51 am
                                        Mother grabbed land in the name of Rajv Trust. Mother and son took over AJL properties in the name of Young India. Vadras,keeping Thampi as front, acquired land in Haryana. This is nothing but land mafia.
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                                          indian
                                          Apr 29, 2017 at 6:33 am
                                          Mr. and Mrs. Robber Vadra
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                                            AK
                                            Apr 29, 2017 at 5:37 am
                                            The govt in Haryana cannot take on DLF.
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                                              g
                                              Apr 29, 2017 at 4:37 am
                                              It is not just Robber Vadra, it is also Priyanka Robbert Vadra who has illegally grabbed government land. She has benefited from land deals and living the thief life comfortably.
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                                                AK
                                                Apr 29, 2017 at 5:38 am
                                                Go to court. Court willl decide like they will decide Uma, Advani and Joshi and many more.
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                                                  k.madhukar
                                                  Apr 29, 2017 at 11:42 am
                                                  But if congress party screams vendetta politics, you don't join the chorus.
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