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The Darda Family

The Darda Family

The Jawaharlal Darda family are the owners of the Lokmat newspaper. The family consists of Jawaharlal Darda’s sons, Vijay Darda, the Chairman of the Group and Rajendra Darda, the Editor-in-Chief of Lokmat. Vijay Darda is a three-time Member of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament) and belongs to the Indian National Congress party. His brother, Rajendra Darda also belongs to the Indian National Congress party. He was a minister in the Maharashtra State Government and held portfolios like Finance and Planning, Energy, Tourism, Home, Industry and Education. Devendra Darda, is the son of Vijay Darda, and is the Managing Director of the Company. Rishi Darda, the Editorial and Joint Managing Director of the Company, and Karan Darda, the Executive Director of the Company, are the sons of Rajendra Darda.

The Darda family have been reported in a few cases including the Coal Scam during the UPA government. There are also reports in the section of the Press where a social worker, Pankaj Thakur, has accused Vijay Darda of grabbing a INR 2 Billion worth of land.

Media Companies / Groups
Media Outlets



Asera Mining Private Limited


Asera Banka Power Private Limited


Great Asera Infrastructure Private Limited


VJD Realty Private Limited


Providence Infrastructure Private Limited


Darda Investment and Properties Private Limited


Soham Agriculture Private Limited


Darda Printocrats Private Limited


Ignite Properties Private Limited


Pataliputra Exports Private Limited

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Vijay Darda

the son of Jawaharlal Darda, is the Chairman of the Lokmat Media Private Limited and a shareholder in many of the Group’s companies including Mining, Investment and Real Estate

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Meta Data

Although the ownership structure of Lokmat Media Private Limited is available in the Registry of companies, the major shareholders are the Family Trusts, and hence no specific names are clearly spelt as owners. There is no information available about the composition of the Jawaharlal Darda Family Trust which could have helped ascertain the real stakeholder in the company. The company management was written to, through email on 31st January 2019 and by courier on 1st February 2019, seeking information on the company, and verification of data. There has been no response from the company.

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