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AAP, SP blames Ram Mandir Trust for corruption in land deal; demand CBI probe


The construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which is being hailed by the BJP as one of its prime achievements, has run into controversy. Two opposition parties—Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)—have alleged the Ram Mandir Trust of fraud and corruption in the purchase of land.

The political parties have alleged that two real estate dealers purchased a property from an individual for Rs 2 crore and minutes later the same plot is sold to the trust for Rs 18.5 crore. The trust has refuted the charges. The land was purchased by the Trust’s general secretary Champat Rai while Trust members Anil Mishra and Ayodhya mayor Hrishikesh Upadhyay testified the land sale deed as witnesses.

Demand for CBI, ED probe

AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and Samajwadi Party leader Pawan Pandey have sought a CBI and ED probe in the land purchase controversy. Quoting entries of the registered sale deed of the land, Singh explained that the land was first purchased by Sultan Ansari on March 18 this year from its original owner Kusum Pathak, wife of Harish Kumar Pathak alias Baba Hardas for a sum of Rs 2 crore.

Minutes later, the same land was purchased by Trust’s general secretary Champat Rai for a sum of Rs 18.50 crore from Ansari, Singh said, again quoting entries of the second sale deed showing the transaction between Ansari and Rai. The land in question admeasures 1.208 hectares and is located in the Bag Bjaisi village in Ayodhya.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government must initiate a thorough probe by the CBI and ED, and the corrupt persons should be sent to jail, as it is the question of faith of crore devotees of Lord Ram, who have given their hard-earned money for the construction of the Ram temple,” Singh said.

He also said in any trust, the board proposes the purchase of land. “How come in five minutes, this proposal was passed and the land was immediately purchased?” he asked.

What Champat Rai said

In a statement, Champat Rai refuted the charges levelled against him. He said, “Allegations of even assassinating Mahatma Gandhi were levelled on us. We do not fear allegations. I will study the allegations levelled on us, and probe them.”


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