NEW DELHI: Rajendra Vadra, father of Robert Vadra, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's husband, was found dead at a guest house in Yusuf Sarai area on Friday. A source requesting anonymity claimed that it was suspected to be a case of suicide as Vadra was found with an ironing cord around his neck. Police officials, off the record, initially said the death was caused by a heart attack, but later clammed up. No official statement was forthcoming from either the family or the police.
Another tragedy in Vadra family
The tragedy comes two years after the Vadra family lost Michelle — Robert and Richard's sister — in a road accident on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in April, 2001. No details are available on what happened in Moradabad. Robert Vadra refused to comment on his brother's death when contacted by TNN.
In January 2002, Robert Vadra placed ads in newspapers, declaring that he had nothing to do with his father, Rajinder, and brother, Richard, and that any attempts by them to gain favours by pretending to act on his behalf should be disregarded. The notice was issued on Robert's behalf by advocate Arun Bhardwaj. The Congress directed all its CMs, PCC bosses and CLP leaders to let it be known to "one and all" that Robert Vadra had severed ties with his father and brother, and "no favour sought by them in Robert's name should be entertained."
It is believed that Robert's decision to snap ties with his father and brother followed reports that Richard had approached a Congress CM over a contract for a major project, using Priyanka's name.
Another Congress leader claimed that Rajinder Vadra had called on him for a favour and sent his visiting card with "father-in-law of Priyanka" boldly pencilled on it. While Robert and Priyanka attended Michelle's funeral and shared the family's grief, no attempt was apparently made to resolve the family feud.
While Robert is the proprietor of Artex Exports, through which he sells costume jewellery, Richard ran an independent export business. Rajinder Vadra, separated from his wife, Maureen (nee McDonagh) is an exporter of metal handicrafts and operates from Amar Colony.
- He owns, Artex, a company specialising in jewellery and handicraft exports. Hyderabad-based Karni Jewellers provides the masterpieces to this company.
- His companies have received unsecured loans from DLF Limited, India's largest real estate conglomerate.
- Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd (owned by Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra), is a partner in a firm that owns Hilton Garden Inn in the South Delhi business district Saket. DLF Hotel Holdings is another partner in this firm.
- Blue Breeze Trading Pvt Ltd (aircraft chartering)
- North India IT Parks Pvt Ltd
- Real Earth Estates Pvt Ltd
- Sky Light Realty Pvt Ltd.
- India Today weekly has reported that he has a partnership and wide-ranging transactions with the country's biggest realty firm, DLF Limited