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How Chandigarh lost its furniture to the world

Chandigarh : Chairs of Punjab and Haryana High Court judges and tables from offices of Punjab’s ministers and the State Legislative Assembly are among the furniture designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanerette that has been smuggled out of the state by Vijay Nanda in connivance with government officials.On January 25, 2015, through an email, antiques smuggler Nanda instructed his point person Devesh Goel in Delhi to procure some furniture from Chandigarh and Punjab. The list of 31 items mentions the numbers in which each item was required. He tells him that these “need to be ready for major sales in June”. The list comprises a rosewood table and the famous V, X and Z-shaped chairs of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

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