ED Chargesheet Reveals First Mention of Priyanka Gandhi: Allegations Surrounding 2006 Land Purchase in Faridabad

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has included the name of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the charge sheet for the first time. According to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Priyanka purchased 5 acres of agricultural land in Faridabad, Haryana, in 2006. She bought this land from real estate agent HL Pahwa in Amipur village near Faridabad. The land was later sold in February 2010.

As per ED, the land purchased by Priyanka was acquired from an agent near Pahwa in Amipur village, Faridabad. Priyanka’s husband, Robert Vadra, had also purchased three pieces of land totaling 40.08 acres in Amipur village from the same agent in 2005-2006 and sold them to the agent in December 2010.

Inclusion of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Name in the Charge Sheet: Why?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s name has surfaced in the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), marking the first instance of her being implicated. The case revolves around the purchase of 5 acres of agricultural land in Faridabad, Haryana, in 2006. This land was bought from real estate agent HL Pahwa. The Enforcement Directorate, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), has included Priyanka’s name in connection with this transaction.

HL Pahwa, the agent involved, is the same individual linked to business dealings with ANRAI and controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. Sanjay Bhandari is under investigation for money laundering, foreign hawala transactions, and violations of the Black Money and Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets Act. The agencies are scrutinizing various aspects of this multi-faceted case.

Sanjay Bhandari, who left India for Britain in 2016, is accused of assisting Bhandari in concealing the nature of his offences. The charge sheet also previously included the name of Robert Vadra, Priyanka’s husband, who is alleged to have links with Thampi. Thampi, a British citizen, is accused of aiding Bhandari in concealing the nature of his crimes.

This case involves intricate international connections, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s inclusion in the charge sheet suggests that the investigation is broadening to cover various facets of financial transactions and land deals.

Thampi’s Statement: “I and Robert Vadra are Close Friends”

The Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) is currently under investigation by Thampi and his Indian associates. It has come to light that Thampi, between 2005 and 2008, purchased approximately 486 acres of land in Amipur, Faridabad, once again. It is mentioned in the charge sheet that Thampi acquired this land from Pahwa.

Thampi has also revealed that on November 1, 2007, Indian industrialist Robert Vadra established the Blue Breeze Trading Company Pvt. Ltd. According to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the charge sheet emphasizes a deep friendship between Thampi and Robert Vadra. It further states that this friendship extended beyond personal relations to business, as evidenced by Thampi’s involvement in Vadra’s commercial ventures.

The charge sheet also acknowledges that Thampi and Robert Vadra shared not only a close friendship but also engaged in common business activities. The ED has been investigating these connections, adding an additional layer to the intricate financial dealings and land acquisitions involving these individuals.

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