Robert Vadra: Proxy Tycoon? (with video) – Sandhya Jain

Sandhya JainRobert Vadra’s entry into the real estate business has been accompanied by a partnership with the country’s largest realty firm, DLF Ltd, a staggering feat by any standards (The Economic Times, 14 March 2011). Hitherto known for the export of faux jewellery and handicrafts, the 42-year-old Vadra quietly switched lanes in 2008, buying up land in Haryana and Rajasthan, a 50% stake in a leading business hotel in Delhi, and attempting to enter the business of chartering aircraft, a quantum jump that certainly merits an explanation.” – Sandhya Jain

Manmohan SinghFallout of the dwindling Dyarchy

Amidst the stench of corruption and malfeasance rising from the second political innings of the UPA coalition headed by Manmohan Singh but presided over by the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi comes a startling revelation – the unremarkable Robert Vadra, small time exporter of artificial jewellery and son-in-law of the Signora, is fast emerging as a virtual tycoon, with fingers in many industrial pies.

The revelations follow a public uproar over the outrageous loot of the exchequer in the Commonwealth Games and 2G Spectrum allotment scams, to mention only the most notorious. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his immediate family; circle of relations on both his own and his wife’s side; and personal friends, are nowhere indicted in any scandal.

The Gandhi family has been tainted with corruption and nepotism for at least four decades. Recently, the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal subtly revived the Bofors ghost by declaring that the late Win Chaddha had taken a legally banned commission on the Bofors gun deal, and hence owed the State a handsome sum as income tax dues! So while the Signora’s well-oiled protection machinery ensured that her countryman Ottavio Quattrocchi got away with the loot and that the Hinduja brothers did not suffer for their role in the affair, the ITAT decision ensured that the illegal gratification was recorded officially in the country’s legal history. It is a lesson in the limits of proxy rule.

And now, just a few weeks down the line, comes the news that Priyanka Gandhi’s fitness freak polo playing spouse is making strides in the real estate business, a sector riddled with nepotism and scandal as exemplified by the Adarsh housing scam in Maharashtra, which forced Ms Sonia Gandhi to urge Congress chief ministers to give up their discretionary powers in this area.

It is pertinent that facts personally embarrassing to the Gandhi family are emerging on the heels of strong nudges to Dr Manmohan Singh to step down so that Rahul Gandhi, reputedly the born-to-be ruler of India, could receive on-the-job training and redeem his otherwise inglorious existence. But the Prime Minister is no pushover and during a recent interaction with select senior journalists over the Spectrum Scam, explicitly stated he had no intention of resigning (read being driven out) as he had yet to go the metaphorical miles before he could consider an exit. In other words, he would go when the government went, and not before.

That these signals have been understood can be gauged from the fact that Sonia loyalists directly and indirectly sharpened their attack on the Prime Minister immediately thereafter. Senior ministers have urged journalists to target the Prime Minister and his office for the sins of omission and commission in the Spectrum scandal. Although the exposé of the Niira Radia tapes revealed that some journalists had networked with Congress leaders close to Sonia Gandhi to get the Telecom portfolio for Andimuthu Raja once again in the UPA-II – and that Singh had no say in the cabinet formation – senior ministers strove to implicate the Prime Minister enough to make him quit in disgust while publicly mouthing platitudes in his defence. It was schizophrenia at its best.

Dr Manmohan Singh is made of sterner stuff. Like the now forgotten Yuri Andropov who collected a handful of aides to erode the hated Soviet citadel from within, the Sardar too seems to have a set of unknown loyalists. His political ‘guru’ P.V. Narasimha Rao – no one even knew they were acquainted with each other until Manmohan Singh was anointed Union Finance Minister! – had secret Hindu sympathies that permitted the unhindered removal of the Babri structure in 1992 and so tilted the scales against the Congress in Uttar Pradesh that the party could not return to power for over a decade at the Centre, and that too only in coalition.

No one knows yet if Manmohan Singh has a covert personal or political agenda. But it is near certain that he was legitimately offended, if not enraged, at being asked at the very height of his stature as leader of a rising economic power who was being courted as a statesman in the international area, to step down in favour of the Amethi non-entity, who cannot even speak cogently on any issue of national concern and tends to disappear when things get politically controversial.

Robert VadraSun shines over Robert Vadra

Whispers about the financial rise and rise of Robert Vadra have been doing the rounds for some years, escalating during the Commonwealth Games, but there was no independent corroboration of the same. This growing eminence is obviously a concerted decision of the Gandhi family and its courtiers, but could not have taken place without the knowledge of Dr Manmohan Singh and many others in industry and government. Thus, as in the Radia tapes episode, there are many sources from which the news could have leaked and it would be impossible to impute motives or fix responsibility. What is pertinent is the timing – it coincides with concerted attacks on the Prime Minister.

Robert Vadra’s entry into the real estate business has been accompanied by a partnership with the country’s largest realty firm, DLF Ltd, a staggering feat by any standards (The Economic Times, 14 March 2011). Hitherto known for the export of faux jewellery and handicrafts, the 42-year-old Vadra quietly switched lanes in 2008, buying up land in Haryana and Rajasthan, a 50% stake in a leading business hotel in Delhi, and attempting to enter the business of chartering aircraft, a quantum jump that certainly merits an explanation.

Vadra seems to have floated a number of companies, some of which have received unsecured loans from the DLF group companies, including the Bombay Stock Exchange-listed flagship DLF Ltd. Readers may recall that during investigations into the Spectrum Scam, the CBI found that a number of non-entity (shell) companies had received and passed on unsecured loans that ended up in Kalaignar TV! It believes these were bribes received against the sale of spectrum at throwaway prices, and that the loans would ultimately be cancelled as ‘bad debt’ and the slate wiped clean. Thus, Vadra’s receipt of unsecured loans certainly merits a probe.

Sky Light Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. (wholly owned by Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra) is a partner, along with DLF Hotel Holdings and others, in a partnership firm that owns the posh Hilton Garden Inn in Saket.

DLF’s generous loans to Vadra companies, some without collateral, include:

– As on March 2009, Sky Light Hospitality had received unsecured loans amounting to Rs 25 crore from DLF Ltd.

– As on March 2010, only Rs 10 crore remained. It was unclear from the statement of accounts if the rest was paid back or written off.

– Sky Light Hospitality in turn loaned money to other Vadra-owned companies such as Blue Breeze Trading Pvt. Ltd, North India IT Parks Pvt. Ltd, Real Earth Estates Pvt. Ltd and Sky Light Realty Pvt. Ltd.


Knowledge of such unprecedented asset escalation naturally took the polity by surprise, though the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party tried to play down the issue owing to the covert proximity of some top leaders with the Congress and Sonia Gandhi in particular. A pathetic argument was forwarded that the party should not target the “family members” of the Congress leadership, an euphemism for Sonia Gandhi, though such sensitivity was not extended to the India-born M. Karunanidhi, and anyway has no place in public life.

For the CPI-M, however, Robert Vadra’s successful entrepreneurship has come as a timely boon, and the party hopes to extract full mileage from the same during the forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala. Sitaram Yechury emphasized that there was a strong case for an independent inquiry into Vadra’s activities.

Rahul Gandhi Ra(h)ul (da) Vinci

Any investigation into Robert Vadra’s entrepreneurial prominence must legitimately cover the coy attempts of his brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi to become a business magnate. Media reports about the Amethi MP are opaque and have been noted perfunctorily only because Gandhi was compelled to reveal the same in his affidavit before the Election Commission.

In 2002, Rahul Gandhi launched a consultancy engineering firm, Backops Services Private Limited, with an authorized share capital of Rs 25 lakhs, divided into 25,000 equity shares of Rs 100 each. Gandhi himself held 83 per cent shares in the firm; the other shareholders were close family friend and aide Manoj Muttu; Anil Thakur, son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur; and Delhi resident Ranvir Sinha.

Gandhi holds a mysterious M. Phil degree in Development Studies from Cambridge University, UK, though nobody knows when and where he completed his graduate and post-graduate studies. To this day not a single person has surfaced anywhere in the world to say that Raul Vinci (his disguise) was his/her classmate at x y or z college. The then Cambridge Master Amartya Sen defended the degree while stoutly declining to give details. However, in the wake of the Saif Gaddafi Ph.D. degree scam, it may be safe to assume that a friendly London establishment “took care of” the academic credentials of the wanna be PM-aspirant.

Similarly Raul Vinci is supposed to have done a stint as financial consultant in London. No colleague has stepped forward to say where, and how good or mediocre he was at the job.

What now merits investigation without delay – and the Supreme Court must urgently look into the same – is how Rahul Gandhi took on the identity of Raul Vinci. The specious plea that this was done for security reasons will not wash: Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal studies abroad under his own name, as do the scions of other eminent families.

– So how did Rahul Gandhi get the Raul Vinci identity?

– Was he given a Raul Vinci passport by the Indian passport office?

– If so, what are the names of the alleged parents of Raul Vinci and what is the place of residence given on the document?

– Or was a passport issued by a foreign country? Does this mean that Rahul Gandhi enjoys dual citizenship of some European country, which is illegal in Indian law?

– Where is that passport now and how often and where has Rahul Gandhi travelled on it?

On 21 March 2011, The Indian Express reported that some time prior to the 2009 elections, Rahul gave up his business venture, Backops Services Private Limited, to devote himself to full-time politics. It was by all accounts a modest venture, nothing compared to the phenomenal ascent of Robert Vadra. What is pertinent, however, is the suspicious overlap in Rahul Gandhi’s retreat from business and Vadra’s big time leap into the arena.

Manmohan Singh & Sonia-G seeking votes.Wikileaks: Sardar – Signora Dyarchy in distress

The Wikileaks revelations regarding American interest and overseeing of the 2008 cash-for-vote scam due to the Indo-US nuclear deal could not have come at a worse time for Sonia Gandhi, who once stated that the deal was very close to her heart, but did not say why.

On 18 March 2011, Dr Manmohan Singh told Parliament he did not authorise anyone to purchase any votes: “I am not aware of any purchase of votes. Certainly, I am not involved in any such things.” One can readily believe that; it is totally out of sync with the known character of Dr Singh.

More pertinently, all the alleged fixers in the 22 July 2008 cash-for-votes episode are closely aligned with Sonia Gandhi and her family, which lends credence to the view that the nuclear deal was one of her ‘pet projects’ for unknown reasons. To recap the Wiki revelations briefly:

– Gandhi family loyalist Satish Sharma’s aide Nachiketa Kapur told a US Embassy official that the four RLD MPs [actually three] were paid Rs 10 crores each to vote for UPA-1. [Ajit Singh denied the charges and said his party voted against the government in the no-confidence motion].

– Kapur allegedly showed the US Embassy employee “two chests containing cash” in July 2008 [to assure him that the nuclear deal would go through] and said Rs 50-60 crores was ready for use as “pay-offs” to win the support of some MPs ahead of crucial vote of confidence following Left withdrawal of support on account of the Indo-US nuke deal.

– Satish Sharma reportedly told the US Political Counsellor that “PM Singh and others were trying to work on the Akali Dal (8 votes) through NRI businessman Sant Singh Chatwal and others, but unfortunately it did not work out” [robustly denied by Chatwal].

– Industrialist Mukesh Ambani offered to help secure Shiv Sena’s support.

– Congress chief Sonia Gandhi might meet Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MPs.

– Sharma told US embassy political counselor that Rahul Gandhi was speaking to National Conference’s Omar Abdullah.

– A Congress insider reported that then commerce minister Kamal Nath was “also helping to spread largesse”.

– The cables talk of the Left’s troubles with Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s refusal to quit and Ajit Singh’s success in getting Lucknow’s Amausi airport renamed after his late father Charan Singh.

– Satish Sharma quoted to say he was trying to sow divisions in BJP by working on former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya.

– Prakash Karat-Sitaram Yechury fault lines; Yechury admitted it was a mistake to have listed Speaker Chatterjee as a CPM MP in a letter withdrawing support, submitted to the President on July 8. A large group of CPM MPs unhappy at Karat for his “failed” strategy.

– Regarding Left parties, cables say though defections were a possibility, communist party discipline remained strong and members were unlikely to vote with the government.


It thus transpires that the landmark achievement of the UPA in its first innings – the Indo-US Nuclear Deal – was the agenda of Sonia Gandhi, and she put her entire political weight behind it. Dr Manmohan Singh owned it as a good lieutenant and because he was himself pro-America, but he did not have either the money or the manipulative skills to push it through as happened on 22 July 2008.

L.K. AdvaniJoe LiebermanSonia Gandhi’s covert patronage of the deal also explains why CNN-IBN ditched the BJP and refused to air the secret tapes of the behind-the-scenes horse-trading as promised on 22 July 2008. Of course this does not explain why Mr L.K. Advani – who had previously made a veiled pledge to Senator  regarding the deal – chose CNN-IBN to make the recording in the first place, when the party had its own equipment and talent to make the recordings and had done so successfully in another case.

Anyway, it is now evident that the undeserved elevation of the inane Rahul Gandhi has sundered the Sonia Gandhi – Manmohan Singh Dyarchy. Had it not been for an obliging BJP, the regime would have fallen by now.

This may still happen, as Sonia Gandhi may find it cheaper to cut her losses by sinking the government rather than risk the mild-faced Sardar using the state machinery to put the family in the dock, compelling the Supreme Court to order an investigation à la Hasan Ali.

If the government falls out of its own inner contradictions, the BJP will find itself in an unenviable position.

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39 Responses

  1. Tavleen Singhs hard hitting article

    If a spare part if it gets to the dyanasty’s vehicle becomes a billionaire


  2. Q&A on Vadra on Sudharshan TV


  3. Reblogged this on ACT INDIA and commented:
    Sudden maaive spurt in Wealth of Robert Vadra need to be explained by Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi. Most Indian’s believe, the money amassed comes from Kick backs received from MNC Companies for influence peddling to gain buisness.


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  6. […] her. I am of the opinion she is involved in this case. After Chidambaram, I am going to be after her son-in-law. And it is only a matter days, I will go after her. She got the lion share of the […]


  7. The current politics is controlled from Washington. That is why Ms Sonia Gandhi went quitely to New York for her supposed treatment of hidden treasures. The Congress aka Nehru-Gandhi family is a party of eunuchs and she has enrolled her puppet mouth pieces like Diggy and Manish who do not know what they are barking. Recently Manish Tiwari had apologised in writing to Sri Anna Hazare for his foul mouth.

    Dr Subramanian Swamy who is trying the save the nation from this corrupt Antonia Maino Inc is being vilified, instead of congratulating him.

    The nation should support Dr Swamy and his efforts. It is the duty of every true Indian to help and protect Dr Swamy.

    Congratulations to Sandhya Jain for her courageous journalism. Sandhya will live in the hearts of millions of Indians for her great job. God bless


  8. […] of Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and his close associate in the Ministry, enabled Mr. Robert Vadra the son-in-law of Ms. Sonia Gandhi and Mr. Karthik, son of Mr. P. Chidambaram, to use the data […]


  9. You are very wrong. Entire Sonia family doubt to have 1 % intelligence and love in India as Pramod was having.


  10. can you talk about a telecom minister ( no more now) in NDA regime…as a layman…i saw the big scale corruption first time in my age…….his son caught…doing what…after days of his demise..



    Long time ago, a group of Rishi, Munis approached Mahirishi vyas ji and wanted to know what time period is best and who is best among the humans. Maharidhi Vyas replied that “Kali Yuga is best among all the Times, and Shudras are the best among humans”.

    When asked to elaborate, Maharishi Vyas said, “in Satyug the Benefits one gets after hard labor of Ten Years, Performing Yagya, Taap, etc. following Religious rigors and following Brahmcharya (Celebacy) , in Treta Yug you get the same benefits in one year, and in Dwapar Yug one get same results in one month, and in Kali Yug one gets the same results in one day. Since in Kali Yuga, simply by reciting the name of Lord Vishnu one gets rid of all the wrong doings (Paap Karma) therefore Kali Yug is best.”

    Shudras are Greater or Best because in order to study the Vedas, higher Cast (Dwijatiys) are required to observe Celebacy (Brahmcharya), for which lot of rituals have to be followed. Whereas a Shudra (Low caste among humans) get all the same benefits by offering Feast and offering donations to a Brahmin (Priest). (obtained from book “Vedon ki Kathaein”)

    From the narration above Maharishi Vyas has explained how in the Kali Yug time runs faster. Let us look at another example in this Kali Yug. 50 years ago the size of computers was huge, memory and speed of electronic parts was in bits or bytes, every five to three years size of the computers, gadgets or appliances has become smaller, and memory and speed increases in multiples and its functions are also increasing at the same pace. No doubt the beneficiaries are also increasing at the same speed.

    So in the present Kali Yug, if some people are making more money, more than what TATAS took 100 Years to make, Ambanis took 50 years to make, and if some of our youth icon leaders/business persons are making the same amount of money in five years, it is because they have been blessed by the God- Lord Brahma and by the Lord Vishnu. They and many more like them have been destined to get it. They have been allowed to bypass many more deserving ones, this, perhaps can be explained by the second criteria. Shudras are the (Shreshtha) greatest or best in Kaliyug. Stop complaining, there is no corruption. The Bhrashtacharis, in Kali Yug, will get recognized as Shishtacharis.

    Indraprasth Nagri, Loktantra Raja; Mehangi Hai Bhaji, Mehanga Hai Khaja.


  12. How many Indians know and will believe this?


  13. loot is going for last 40 years it is not exception if sonia and his family in italy become billionaire and majority of indian become poor, it is fualt of our political system which is boom for them, shame on media who is totally been silent for more than years to tell people story of great imminence of our political stalwarts becoming billionaire,, shame on whole soclled indian who supported and made india a begging bowl out of gold jewel,,,,


  14. Mukta Das I thought u r a pet dog of congress govn otherwise u do not talk such absurd things. U r covered frm cong. ‘s curtain , remove it and see what is happening in actually . I accept that corruption is the main root but the question is that who is the director and producer of this film ” CORRUPTION”. CWG, 2G SPEC, ADARSH SOCIETY,,, r a few examples of cong. loot. some days ago a name had came into light ” jagmohan reddy” . In 2004 elections he declared his wealth worth 11 lakh and at present he declares it worth Rs. 450 crore means he only declares his white money but the person who filed the complain against him and some CBI persons estimating it worth Rs. 4500 crore ,,,,,,,, not a large difference only a single zero perhaps jagmohan do’nt know the importance of zero, do’nt go on the reports use ur mind if he is saying he has Rs. 450 cr , it is clear that he hvae more than Rs.1000 cr,,,this is also applicable on ROBERT VARDA, how he made such tremendous amount of property in a couple of yrs ,,that was earned by Ambani in50 and by Tata in 100 yrs……. the Q is that how a man can make a huge wealth in 6-7 yrs plz tell me frnd I also want to be a millionre in few yrs. Use ur mind ,not ur blind heart My Foolish frnd. my one of the frnd said absolutly right that u r Scum on the earth and shoot urself as soon as possible..


  15. The Xtreme Favoritism…


  16. who the bloody wanna shoot modi?? get ur self a life mukta d assss


  17. ya its true that india is a slave country


  18. why should one be anticongress! Its not just a congii thing.. this is corruption its borderless


  19. This discussion is going a bit off the point. So. I am putting some questions to people who feel that Sandhaya’s work is too biased and a work of Fiction:

    1. On what basis Mr. Vadra makes to the list of people not to be frisked at the Airports?
    2. Is Mr. Rahul Gandha aka Raul Vinchi an Indian? Which passport does he hold?
    3. Stories of phenomenal growth are a matter of pride and not to be covered behind a curtain. Why is Mr. Vadra keeping it in wraps while other businessmen share and tell everybody about their achievements. I don’t think being the fastest billionaire is something to be hidden!
    4. How much of co-incidence it can be that one of the major company stuck in 2G scam is having a big partnership of Ghandhi’s and no one is talking about it?

    These are some questions in my mind. Please enlighten me if I am also to be blamed of a biased view.

    Anmol Chaturvedi


  20. I agree with you that the writing seems a bit biased but it is an eye opener to the blind fools like you


  21. Hey sandhya, looks like you got a lot of time to plan and plot why dont you try your luck in story writing for Ekta kapoor, may be you will come of some use there.
    Otherwise your article over here has no credibility and no strong proof to back. so dont just go on planning and plotting whatever you want please back your stuff with proof, not just your imaginations.


  22. Probably a pogrom of congress is in order 😀 laugh now but when ur hacked to death we will see what happens 😉


  23. Thank you for the link. The video has been added to the article.


  24. watch this reporting…. 🙂


  25. How Robert Vadra became multi Billionaire in less than 10 years (Fastest grown Billionaire in India) while Tata took more than 100 years & Ambani took 50 years !!! plz watch this


  26. I sometimes used to think how the foreigners could rule India for 200 years?
    Now I got the answer. Rather you opened my eyes


  27. Mukta…r u a Congress walah


  28. MODI can change system…
    He deserve to become PM..


  29. Dear Mukta
    If u want to shoot Modi(PM),at that time………
    y u not intersted to shoot same at present………..
    Do u think our system is clear and fair now…
    I think people like u ,never want india to become developed country!!!
    Such peaple main cause for such system satuations!!!!


  30. This is so biased.


  31. Bharata Bharati doesn’t think the BJP is any different than the Congress in fact. Both parties are “serving the people” which means their politicians are filling their own pockets with the peoples’ hard-earned money – isn’t it?

    The political gossip is that Robert Vadra is Rahul-Jee’s bag man. This makes Rahul-Jee rather vulnerable to blackmail, don’t you think? But then Rahul-Jee can’t carry his own cash around any more. He got caught at Boston airport some years ago with a bagful of dollars and was arrested. The BJP then prime minister Vajpayee got him freed with a phone call to Washington. So Rahul-Jee doesn’t carry the cash. Robert does it for him. Or so they say in Dilli – we don’t really know about these things here in the back of beyond. We don’t live in a UP Dalit village that Rahul-Jee has visited and blessed with his Gucci-shod feet!


  32. u must be the “Nathuram Godse” of today 🙂 🙂 🙂 ….. apne aap ko “Robin Hood” samaj rahe ho kya?? Choothad…..


  33. idiot…can’t u see what is really happening in the country….come out of ur stupid congress world and look at the facts…encourage people like Sandhya Jain, so that more and more reporters will realize their duty


  34. hello mukta das ,, are u out of u r mind
    u know that sonia family is corrupt and still u r supporting them,, be a true indian , this country is for all the people not jagirs of their family

    get an ak spray on all of em
    don bring party
    politics ,, this is corruption who ever is corrupt they should be punished


  35. why such a soft corner for rahul then, why is he special did he prove himself able to be PM. Modi is an icon and role model.


  36. Mukta u are a scum on the land of India, so shoot urself immediately.


  37. And the day Narendra Modi becomes PM I will personally shoot him down:):)


  38. Are you a BJP wallah…your article seems extremely anti-Congress and extremely biased…y are you journalists taught to be so contemptous of everyone but your are leading a pretty inglorious existence too…




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