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21 January 2007

Harbhajan buys a lavish house in Chandigarh

This one is a real 'doosra', the quirky deliveries associated with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, but this time it was not delivered on the cricket field but in the real estate arena.

Bhajji, as he is popularly known in cricketing circles, has purchased a palatial 2,000-sq yards house in Chandigarh said to cost about Rs. 70 million (Rs. 7 crores).

Amarjit Singh Sethi, a leading real estate consultant, confirmed the deal to IANS, saying that the cricketer was keen to buy a property in Chandigarh.

'The registration of this house (House no. 10 in the upscale Sector 9) is the highest one done in the city among residential properties,' Sethi said.

Harbhajan was keen that he paid the price of the house in white money, sources close to him said.

Originally from Punjab's Jalandhar city, 200 km from here, Harbhajan had a modest beginning but fame and fortune came his way after he got a place in the Indian cricket team almost a decade ago.

His family had a small house in Daulatpuri area of Jalandhar near a famous landmark, Do Moria bridge.

He had bought a house from Punjab's urban development agency in Jalandhar a few years ago. He was even hired by the agency to promote other properties in that area.

The sector in which he has bought the house is already home to several VIPs and elite people in Chandigarh. These include former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, former union ministers, Venod Sharma and Harmohan Dhawan. Union Tourism Minister Ambika Soni also owns a villa in the same sector.

The sector, home to the rich and the famous, stands on the ground where India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru first stood on a platform in the 1950s with the city's founder architect Le Corbusier to have a view of the land where the country's first planned city was to be built.

However, this is not Harbhajan's first association with Chandigarh.

He had, three years ago, opened a hair and beauty salon in the upscale Sector 11. Sourav Ganguly, then captain of the Indian cricket team, inaugurated the salon. Bhajji later gave up his share in the enterprise.

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