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Ram Mandir Trust refutes corruption charges, says purchased land of premium value

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The Ram Mandir Trust on Tuesday issued a factual report after a controversy erupted over purchasing land at an inflated price. The trust has sent its report to the BJP, RSS and the Union government explaining the price difference that led to a war of words between the BJP and opposition parties.

Justifications of Ram Mandir Trust

The trust has said that the plot is adjacent to a road that is going to be a four-lane thoroughfare soon. It asserted that because of the location, the land is of premium value.

The trust also said that the land in question measures 1.208 hectares purchased at the rate of Rs 1,423 per sqft, which is less than the actual market rate in Ayodhya.  It also said that many agreements were made between different parties on several occasions for the same land, but the deals never matured.

Controversial land deal

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 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.

Meanwhile, the Congress has demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe in the land deal, whereas the BJP has termed it as an attempt to defame and derail the construction of the Ram temple.

 

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