DLF has disclosed that in March 2008, the Haryana government gave Sky Light Hospitality a letter of intent (LOI) for developing the Manesar land commercially.
As DLF said in its press release on Saturday, "This (land) was licensable to develop a Commercial Complex and the LOI from Govt of Haryana to develop it for a Commercial Complex had been received in March 2008 itself."
If you are of a suspicious bent of mind, you might wonder whether the fact that Mr Vadra had bought the land influenced the state government when it decided to give the LOI.
But since the land is described as being in Sohna tehsil, just off the National Highway, in the newly developing industrial-commercial area of Manesar (beyond Gurgaon), it is a decision that may be entirely defensible.
The following year (2008-09), Sky Light Hospitality paid the second instalment of Rs 7.43 crore for the Manesar land, making for a total payment of Rs 15.38 crore.
It was the land bought with this money which Mr Vadra promptly offered to DLF, who agreed to pay a handsome Rs 58 crore for the 3.5 acres.
DLF says in its press release that it took possession of the land in the same year (2008-09), and paid an advance of Rs 50 crore in instalments.