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EXCLUSIVE — Robert Vadra’s firm gets an Income-Tax notice: explain land, financial deals

Income tax : Skylight Hospitality principal officer summoned tomorrow, notice on Dec 24.

Written by Appu Esthose Suresh | New Delhi | Updated: January 1, 2015 4:40 pm
Robert Vadra, DLF land deal, Vadra DLF land deal, Vadra DLF, Sonia Gandhi, Skylight Hospitality, DLF Universal Ltd, India news Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality held 3.53 acres of land in Manesar, Haryana and 470 acres in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

In the first move by the central government against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Income-Tax department has begun scrutiny of his controversial land deals and financial transactions. Sources said the department has issued a notice to the “principal officer” of Skylight Hospitality and summoned him on Friday.

Vadra’s firm Skylight Hospitality, at the centre of a row over transactions with realty giant DLF and procurement of a commercial licence, has been asked to furnish “agreements to purchase and sale of immovable properties” since 2005-06.

The I-T, sources said, has sought details of Skylight Hospitality’s transactions with DLF, its association with Onkareshwar Properties and “cost of acquisition of commercial colony licences” in Haryana. Skylight Hospitality held 3.53 acres of land in Manesar, Haryana and 470 acres in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

Vadra did not respond to phone calls and text messages from The Indian Express  on Wednesday.

In its 22-point questionnaire issued to Skylight Hospitality on December 24, the I-T has sought:

*A list of sellers of immovable properties along with date of sale to Skylight Hospitality.
*Break-up of loans taken and given.
* Minutes of the meetings of Board of Directors since 2005-06.
* Explanation on deduction of Rs 79.56 lakh in the balance sheet of March 31, 2012.
* Details of the nature of assets, purchase and sale deed with computation of capital gains.
* An explanation on the firm’s links with Onkareshwar Properties Pvt Ltd.

(In August 2013, The Indian Express reported that Vadra’s first cheque of Rs 7.5 crore (dated February 9,2008) to Onkareshwar Properties for buying 3.53 acres in Shikohpur village was not encashed for six months after registration. Details filed by Onkareshwar Properties with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) showed two stakeholders: Satyanand Yajee, a close associate of then Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda and a member of the All India Freedom Fighters’ Successors’ Organisation; and, Sandeep Dahiya, a relative of Hooda’s wife Asha.)

*Details of loans from DLF Universal Ltd and DLF Retail Developers Ltd.
* The “source” for purchase of land in Manesar.
*  Details of calculation of profit on sale of agriculture land.
* Assessment details of Directors of Skylight — Vadra is one of them — and of its subsidiary companies and joint ventures like Saket Courtyard Hospitality, Saket Holiday Resorts and DLF Saket Hotels.
*Details of “related parties” of Skylight Hospitality.
* Clarification on how loss of Rs 1.36 crore has been worked out in case of partnership firm Saket Courtyard Hospitality which was taken over by Skylight.
* Details of creditors.

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  1. Ajay Kumar Sinha
    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:05 am
    When the good time of Indian people started from the same bad time of Vadera also started
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      Anurag Srivastava
      Jan 1, 2015 at 5:49 am
      Government should order for fresh currency notes for itself from some foreign country. Once received, then everybody should be told to get their cash stock exchanged in the banks with the new currency within a period of 15 days. In the process all black money and fake currencies will be filtered. In the future there will also be lesser amount of transaction relating to property in black. There will be no fake note for the Terrorist to operate in the country.
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        Arun M
        Jan 2, 2015 at 9:35 am
        Why not there should be proper investigation in all the land deals of your favourite son-in-law Vadra? Let the law of land get applied equally everyone. Why Mr. Richard Nicholas is worried about?
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          Burjis Wadia
          Jan 1, 2015 at 7:36 am
          IE couldn't take criticism hence my earlier similar comments were deleted - I repeat what rubbish reportage. "In a move by Central Government" - wonder who approves such journalism. It should have been "move by law enforcement agencies" or "IT-department".
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            Burjis Wadia
            Jan 1, 2015 at 7:26 am
            what rubbish reportage - "in a move by central government" - seriously what is wrong with IE these days. It is a move by "law enforcing agencies" or "tax department". Shoddy. Wonder who approves such language ??
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