Robert Vadra land deal now has Gopal Kanda link

Aug 14 2013, 10:13 IST
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SummaryGopal Kanda is in jail in Delhi on charges of abetment in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

Onkareshwar Properties Private Limited, the company that sold land in village Shikohpur in Haryana to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company M/s Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited, has a record of links with politicians.

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In fact, it was first owned by Govind (Kumar) Kanda. He is a member of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee and brother of Congress legislator Gopal Kanda who is in jail in Delhi on charges of abetment in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

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Records with The Indian Express show that M/s Onkareshwar Properties Pvt. Ltd was constituted as a company on September 28, 2004 with two directors: Govind Kanda, a resident of Sirsa, and Pradeep Kumar, a resident of Gurgaon. Both owned 5,000 equity shares in the company which was registered in New Delhi.

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When contacted, Govind (Kumar) Kanda said: “I do not have much knowledge about this company since all such affairs in Gurgaon were being managed by my brother Gopal Kanda. He used to put my name on the papers. It is accurate that I was a director of this company at one point of time but I don’t recall to whom we sold this company. I will have to check with him”.

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From 2007 to 2011, among the directors of the company was Noida resident Sandeep Dahiya, who is a relative of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s wife Asha Hooda. Dahiya resigned in March 2011 and was selected in the state civil services in Haryana as a Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer. Another close aide of Hooda, Sushil Gupta, a resident of Rohtak, was director from 2010 to 2012.

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Dahiya was unavailable for comment but when contacted, Gupta said he was Hooda’s “childhood friend.”

“We both are residents of Model Town, Rohtak. We used to play together and studied in the same college. Even today, we are very good friends. Then I moved to another college. After my graduation, I joined Haryana breweries in Delhi and later started my construction business. For many years, I have been in the real estate business. I am also a very good friend with Satyanand Yajee.

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