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ED to question HL Pahwa who sold land to Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi

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ED to question HL Pahwa who sold land to Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi

India Today TV has also learnt Pahwa and CC Thampi were earlier called for questioning by the agency. While Thampi has been undergoing treatment in the United States, Pahwa hasn't responded to the summons yet.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is all set to question HL Pahwa, who allegedly sold a piece of land to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra.

India Today TV has also learnt Pahwa and CC Thampi were earlier called for questioning by the agency. While Thampi has been undergoing treatment in the United States, Pahwa hasn't responded to the summons yet.

Sources say the agency will soon record their statement.

The agency during the searches at premises linked with HL Pahwa, in 2017, had recovered sale details of land in Haryana which was sold by Pahwa to the three.

According to records, HL Pahwa sold 6.5 acres of land to Rahul Gandhi in March, 2008 located at Hassanpur, Haryana. Pahwa was paid Rs 26,47,000 for the land -- believed to be lower than the market value.

In the same month, nine acres of land in the same village was purchased by Robert Vadra through his associate Mahesh Nagar.

Mahesh Nagar is the person whose name cropped up during the ED's investigation regarding Bikaner Land deal involving Robert Vadra.

Pahwa sold land to Priyanka Gandhi for 15 lakh in 2006.

The agency is also probing if the sale deets are backdated. The agency claims that Bhandari received kickbacks in the ONGC petroleum and defence deal during UPA era and the same money was utilised to purchase the land.

Pahwa, according to investigators, had received around Rs 54 crore from CC Thampi, which the agency suspects was utilised to invest in the land.

The ED has established money-trail of kickbacks which were received from the Pilatus and Samsung deal signed during UPA era.

The petroleum deal was signed between ONGC and Samsung Engineering Co Ltd. The deal was signed in 2008. Kickbacks were routed to Sharjah based company of Sanjay Bhandari Santech International FZC and CC Thampi controlled Dubai-based company Skylight Investments.

ED also claims that the origin of money was the kickbacks received from Samsung and Pilatus deal and it was utilised to buy benami properties in London and land in India. Samsung paid USD 49.9 lakh to Santech on June 13, 2009.