Sanjay Bhandari ‘admits’ to email from Robert Vadra, I-T sends seven property, bank queries overseas

According to information with the Department, the property was bought in 2009 from a company called Vertex FZE which is registered in the British Virgin Islands.

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2016 10:27 am
robert vadra, congress robert vadra, sonia gandhi, priyanka gandhi, bjp, vadra farce, income tax raid, raid income tax robert vadra, india news Vadra’s lawyers had denied any link with Bhandari and in a statement to NDTV which first reported on the London link.

Sanjay Bhandari, the defence consultant whose premises were searched by the Income Tax Department between April 27 and April 30 this year, has admitted that the email trail recovered from his computer was indeed that of messages exchanged between him, Robert Vadra and Vadra’s assistant Manoj Arora.

Officials in the Department have confirmed to The Indian Express that just before the search operation was over, Bhandari was confronted with the batch of emails, including one dated April 4, 2010 — the only one sent from Vadra’s own email ID and signed off by him — and he acknowledged the exchanges on the subject of finalising interiors for an apartment in London.

An attachment to one of the mails shows that while the cost of refurbishing was earlier estimated by Sumit Chadda, a relative of Bhandari, to be 28,000 pounds, additional items were added to the worklist and the estimate went up to 35,000 pounds.

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Five days later, on May 5, 2016, the IT’s investigation wing had assessed the significance of the mail trail and sent as many as seven requests to countries for details of this and other property deals involving Bhandari. The requests have since been sent to the British Virgin Islands, United Kingdom and Dubai and replies are awaited.

Officials told The Indian Express that the property in question (located in Bryanston Square, thus several of the emails are titled BS) was registered with the Westminster City Council in the name of Mayfair Properties, a company based in Dubai and thus a reference has been sent to Dubai via the Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) for details of its ownership.

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According to information with the Department, the property was bought in 2009 from a company called Vertex FZE which is registered in the British Virgin Islands.

A request has, therefore, also been sent to the tax haven.

Sources said the transaction for the sale of the London property was done with a branch of Barclays Bank in London acting as the custodian and a query has been sent to the “competent authority (CA)” in the UK for the ownership structure of the residence as well as for details of transactions linked to Bhandari’s account.

A query has also been sent for two other properties owned by Bhandari in Dubai and London, details of which have been recovered during last month’s seraches.

The property in Dubai — for which a query has now gone — is called the Royal Gardenia Palms and the one in London is Grosvenor Hill Court located on Bourdon Street for which ownership and purchase details have been sought through official channels.

Income Tax officials said that no preliminary report has been prepared on the Sanjay Bhandari case and a correct picture would emerge only after replies to the queries were received.

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Meanwhile, an assessment was being made into how Bhandari made forays into the defence consultancy business and it has emerged that he was appointed as a Director with firms under the Vectra Group, one of the shareholders of Tatra Holdings which had sold trucks to the Indian Army.

The IT Department has also prepared an analysis of the CDRs (call details records) of Bhandari but officials said that neither had his telephone been put under interception nor was there an immediate need to call persons in the “frequently dialed” list for questioning.

Yesterday, Vadra’s lawyers had denied any link with Bhandari and in a statement to NDTV which first reported on the London link, had said that Vadra does not own, directly or indirectly, any house described by you as No 12, Ellerton House, Bryanston Square, London,” and that Vadra and his assistant “have not entered into any transaction of a financial nature with Mr Sanjay Bhandari and are not even aware that Mr Sanjay Bhandari is involved in any defence transaction.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:23 am
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      prakash gotimukul
      Jun 1, 2016 at 8:34 am
      All criminals will deny any wrong doing till they r confronted by facts........Vadra, Pappu or sonia r no different. In fact they r internation scamsters as their dealing go to several countries.........big n mighty frauds take years...what is heard on TV is what is BJP govt doing in 2 yrs. with 1000 scams of high profile hardened criminal minds, it is bound to take time . So hve patience....
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        indian
        Jun 1, 2016 at 4:40 am
        IE needs to improve on its spelling. It's Robber Vadra - not Robert!
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          indian
          Jun 1, 2016 at 2:55 am
          What do you have to say now Soniaji? Robert Vadra exposed!
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            Ajay
            Jun 1, 2016 at 4:11 am
            Nab these arms dealears as fast as possible
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              Dinesh
              Jun 1, 2016 at 8:23 am
              Indian Jurges are in Sonia's pocket I think India should bring new Jurges to catch Sonai's son in law Robert Vadra the india's biggest ROBBER.
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                Drzenda
                Jun 1, 2016 at 3:05 am
                NOOSE GETTING TIGHTE TIGHTER ,ONE CAN SEE DISCOMFORT IN SONIA'S BRAVE FACE ACT!lt;br/gt;How COULD SONIA HAVE SLIGHTEST INTEREST IN INDIA'S (HER SON IN LAW ROBER VADRA'S "MANGO PEOPLE") DEVELOPMENT? SHE IS AN ITALIAN PROPPED WITH SOME PLANNED MURDERS, IN COP- OP WITH "JAICHANDS",TRAITORS and ITALIAN VATICAN TO TAKE OVER CONGRESS PARTY AND THEN CONTINUE LOOTING AND DISINTEGRATING INDIA. ROBER VADRA HAD ALL PLANS TO FLEE TO UK JUST IN CASE , HE ALREADY TOLD HIS STOOGES WHAT KIND OF PAINT, INTERIOR HE WANTS FOR HIS WOULD BE ABODE. HE BOUGHT BIG ENOUGH PROPERTY SO SONIA AND PAPPU COULD JOIN, MAY BE COLLECTIVE DECISION, BUT THEN DECIDED TO SELL and RUN TO SONIA'S HOUSE IN ITALY WHERE IT IS MORE SAFER FROM REACHING GOVT OF INDIA’S ARM FOR THEM.! SONIA AND HER TRAITOR GANG IN CAHOOT WITH INDIA'S ENEMIES and ADVERSARIES HAVE CAUSED DAMAGE OF IMMENSE, UN -MEASURABLE PROPORTION TO INDIA'S CULTURAL FABRIC , HARMONY and HAVE LOOTED Enormous amount of wealth for past sevaral years ,these revelations are minuscule for which inadvertently some trail was left. MAJOR PORTION ( 99.9%) OF LOOT WILL UNFOTUNATELY FOR NATION ALWAYS REMAIN HIDDEN!
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                  Hari
                  Jun 1, 2016 at 6:09 am
                  Sonia Madam, during your party rule, you indulged in all sorts of atrocities, looting, and destroying the country. With Criminal lawyers as ministers, you could conduct the looting business in a scientific way, leaving little or no proof. Can you answer the following questions: 1. Who are you? 2. What qualifications you have and what service you have done that made you the super power to appoint President, Prime Minister, and all ministers, and control the country? 3. What is your family background, who is your father, and who is your mother? 4. What were your job before you came to India? 5. What was your Italian family's property net worth before you came to India, and what is the current worth of your family property in India and abroad? 6. At what age you came to India, and at what age you became Indian citizen? 7. Does Robert Vadra own any property outside the country, and what was the source of funds? 8. Why did you not allow great man like Dr Abdul Kalam to have second term, but installed shameful character Pratiba Patil as President? 9. Why did you try to install a corrupt individual as CVC?
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