If it’s a London House for Robert Vadra, likely it’s not 12 Ellerton House
It is to point out that if Indian authorities are looking for Vadra at 12 Ellerton House, Bryanson Square (with or without the ’11’ prefix), it’s likely they are knocking on the wrong door.
Two days ago, NDTV put out a story saying that the Indian government is probing charges that Robert Vadra bought a 'benami' property in London through arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.
According to the news channel's website,"Last month, enforcement agencies raided 18 premises owned by Sanjay Bhandari. Two preliminary reports prepared after the raids state that Robert Vadra and his executive assistant sent several emails discussing payments and renovations for a London home (12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square) bought for 19 lakh GBP (Rs. 19 crores) in October 2009 and sold in June 2010.”
On Wednesday, Firstpost accessed registration records of the address mentioned by NDTV — 12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square, London — through the official website of the government of the UK. According to government records, which anybody can check after going through a simple process, 12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square was not sold even once since 2005. It was bought by Harold and Shirley Sacks in September 2005, and since then, according to government records, it has remained with them.
After the story was published by Firstpost, NDTV's Barkha Dutt tweeted:
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) June 2, 2016
This mandated a re-check. The address mentioned in the Firstpost report is indeed 12 Ellerton House, 11 Bryanston Square, London. The address mentioned in the NDTV report is 12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square, London (without the prefix 11 before Bryanston Square).
So the question is this: are these two addresses of two different places or are they one?
To reach a conclusion, consider these facts:
1) There is just one Bryanston Square in all of London.
2) There is just one Ellerton House in all of Bryanston Square of London.
3) There is just one Flat No 12 in Ellerton House, Bryanston Square of London. (There is one 12a too but that has not been linked to Sanjay Bhandari/Vadra by the media).
4) And this flat No 12 is owned by the Sacks since 2005.
Ellerton House is built on plot Nos: 10,11 and 12 on Bryanston Square. So, for the purpose of government records and registry, the address of the flat is 12, Ellerton House, 11 Bryanston Square, London, the prefix ’11’ indicating the plot number. The old postal code of this area was W1 H 7FF. But this became defunct in 2000 and was replaced by a new set of codes. The code that corresponds to 12, Ellerton House is W1H 2DQ.
There are thousands of flats in London. Vadra may or may not have bought any or many of them. The Firstpost report was neither meant to be a clean chit to Vadra nor a rebuttal of reports and efforts of other media houses. It is to point out that if Indian authorities are looking for Vadra at 12 Ellerton House, Bryanson Square (with or without the ’11’ prefix), it’s likely they are knocking on the wrong door.
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