In 70 days, at Rs 75 lakh: The curious case of a 9-acre plot sold to former Khattar aide’s family

Neeraj Daftuar was the Haryana CM’s principal OSD when the transfer of land took place.

WrittenBy:Prateek Goyal
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The company

ANA Real Logistics was set up by Siddharth Lamba and Ashish Chandna, who were partners and directors in the Limited Liability Partnership firm. The registered address of the company was Chandna’s residence.

But both of them are employees of Gurgaon-based property management firm AVEC Group, which also has offices in Dubai and Singapore. While Lamba is the vice president of advisory and transactions, Chandna works as the residential sales manager.

Reached for comment, Lamba said, “I don’t know anything about this sir. I have no idea. Thank you so much.” He disconnected the call and could not be reached again.

Chandna could not be reached for comment. This report will be updated if he responds to our queries.

Lamba’s sister Vasudha Dhingra is among three AVEC Group directors, which also include her husband Vaibhav Dhingra and mother-in-law Dayavanti Dhinga.

When asked for comment, Vasudha said she is “not interested” in talking about this “at all”.

The family

After school in Jharkhand’s Chaibasa and a masters degree in history from Delhi University, Neeraj Daftuar began his career with Kolkata-based firm Audio Visual Arts. Before being appointed as OSD, he had worked as a director in several companies with his wife and son.

Anupam and Aditya are directors in seven companies, including Incor Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, Geospatial Solutions & Consultancy Services, ANA Logistics, Stratcom Advisory Pvt Ltd, Invision Research & Communications Pvt Ltd, Incore Agro Business and Invision Strategic & Regulatory Affairs Consulting Pvt Ltd. 

Neeraj Daftuar said it’s “wrong to say that nine acres of land was taken for Rs 75 lakh”. “After this company was formed, these people bought land for Rs 2.73 crore. They had given Rs 50 lakh as advance and the rest in post-dated cheques. But they couldn’t pay the rest of the money. Then they spoke to us. These people took Rs 2.93 crore from my wife and son as the cost of the land and took the cost of the registry separately. Later they took another Rs 75 lakh as profit. Overall, more than Rs 4 crore was spent by us. It is wrong to say that nine acres of land was taken for Rs 75 lakh.”

Asked if he has evidence to support the claim that more money was paid to Lamba and Chandna, Daftuar said, “I have the papers but I cannot share them.”

Asked about allegations that the land cost a lot more than Rs 3.5 crore, he said, “You can write anything. (Laughs). You also know, so do I. Leave the rest aside.”

Anupam Daftuar could not be reached for comment. Aditya Daftuar hung up the phone claiming poor network reception.

Newslaundry reached out to the office of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning to talk to Babita Gupta, who was the district town planner when the land transfer took place, but was told that she has been transferred. This report will be updated if a response is received.

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