Lucknow: Two opposition parties of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday accused the Ram Mandir Trust found out by the centre last year of pulling off a bootleg land deal in Ayodhya.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and therefore the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claim the transaction happened in March this year. It involved two land dealers allegedly purchasing a property from a private for ₹ 2 crore and selling it — minutes later — to the Trust for ₹ 18.5 crore, consistent with the allegation. The temple body has brushed the charge aside as frivolous.
The allegations are significant because the Ram temple in Ayodhya is an emotive issue in Uttar Pradesh , where elections are due next year.
The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra may be a Trust that was found out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in February 2020 to oversee and manage the development of the temple supported a Supreme Court verdict. it had been awarded around 70 acres of land within the ruling and 12 of its 15 members are nominated by the centre.
Former Samajwadi Party MLA and Uttar Pradesh minister Pawan Pandey on Sunday held a news conference in Ayodhya alleging that the fraudulent land deal had taken place with the connivance of local BJP leaders and a few Trust members.
He showed some documents that allegedly prove that a property located next to the Ram Janmabhoomi site was traded at a multi-fold markup. The documents were allegedly the stamp tax papers of both transactions and had common ‘witnesses’ — the Mayor of Ayodhya and an area who may be a member of the Trust — consistent with Mr Pandey.
“What gold did this property present that its price went from ₹ 2 crores to ₹ 18 crores-plus during a matter of minutes? this suggests loot to the tune of ₹ 16.5 crores has taken place. There should be a CBI enquiry,” the SP leader said.
“Crores of individuals gave donations to the Ram Temple Trust. They dug into their savings to donate. If this is often what you are doing to their money, then this is often an insult to the 120 crore people of the country,” Mr Pandey said.
Similar allegations were made at a separate news conference by AAP leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh.
“No one can even imagine there’ll be corruption within the name of Lord Ram. But these documents show that crores of rupees are embezzled,” Mr Singh said.
The Trust, however, dismissed the allegations.
“All sorts of allegations are made for over a century. Some also blamed us for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. We don’t worry about such allegations. you ought to not either,” said Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Champat Rai, who is additionally Secretary of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra.
When asked if he would discuss the allegations, Mr Rai snapped back saying: “No. we’ll study it.”
In a late night statement on Twitter, Mr Rai said the allegations were “influenced by politics and misguided”.
He claimed the first buyers of the property had entered into an agreement with the owners years ago for the worth applicable at that point . In March, they formalized it at an equivalent rate, then sold the property to the temple trust at the present market value .
Only, it’s not explained how the difference between the 2 transactions, administered within minutes, was a staggering ₹ 16.5 crore.
Mr Rai also said it had been important to accumulate some properties adjacent to the east and side of the Ram Temple complex “to create quick access for pilgrims”.
He underlined the Uttar Pradesh government has also been acquiring land in Ayodhya for development work, then property prices have gone up within the town. The “particular property in question is found at a really prominent spot on the brink of the Ayodhya railroad station ,” as per the statement.
He claimed that each one transactions by the temple trust are online and transparent and through with prior approval between both parties.