Samajwadi Party, AAP allege scam in land deal by Ram mandir trust: All you need to know

An issue has erupted over the purchase of a piece of land by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, arrange by the Centre final yr following a Supreme Court order, in Ayodhya. The Samajwadi Party (SP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have alleged corruption in the acquisition of the piece of land by the Ram mandir belief in March this yr.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust common secretary Champat Rai has, nevertheless, dismissed the allegations, calling them politically motivated. The allegations assume political significance as Uttar Pradesh is slated to go to the meeting polls in February-March subsequent yr.

What have the Samajwadi Party and AAP claimed?

The Samajwadi Party and the AAP held two separate press conferences on Sunday alleging that the land was bought by the Ram mandir belief at an inflated value.

SP chief and former minister Pawan Pandey and AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleging {that a} piece of land value Rs 2 crore was bought for Rs 18.5 crore.

Pawan Pandey claimed that two actual property sellers bought 1.208 hectares of land in Bag Bjaisi village beneath Sadar tehsil of Ayodhya for Rs 2 crore on March 18. “Within minutes of the purchase, the same land was sold to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra for Rs 18.5 crore,” Pandey stated.

“How did the value of that piece of land increase from Rs 2 crore to Rs 18.5 crore within five minutes,” requested Pandey.

Reiterating the identical allegation, Sanjay Singh referred to as it a case of cash laundering. “Champat Rai, the general secretary of the trust, with the help of member Anil Mishra bought the land. This is a case of money laundering, and the government should get it probed by the ED and CBI,” stated Sanjay Singh in Lucknow.

SP chief Pawan Pandey stated entries of the registered sale deed of the land confirmed one Baba Haridas bought the land to Sultan Ansari and Ravi Mohan Tiwari, who then bought it to the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra.

Pawan Pandey claimed each the acquisition and sale agreements listed Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and belief member Anil Mishra as witnesses.

“An RTGS [Real-time Gross Settlement, an instant bank transfer mode] of Rs 17 crore was made. The CBI should probe who made the payment and who received it,” stated Pawan Pandey.

How has the Ram temple belief responded?

Champat Rai has refuted the allegations. Rai, who can also be a senior chief of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), stated, “We have been facing such allegations against us for 100 years. We were accused of killing Mahatma Gandhi. We do not fear allegations. I will study the allegations levelled at us and probe them.”

Calling it a political conspiracy, Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay stated, “I am a witness in a lot of deals. The deal was made years back. The trust will explain all this. The people who have objected have an issue with Lord Ram. One can check what the market rate is.”

How produce other events and BJP reacted?

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya stated, “People whose hands are filled with blood of Ram followers should not advise us.”

Congress common secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stated misuse of donations by devotees was a sin and an insult to their religion. “Crores of people made their offerings at the feet of God out of their faith and devotion. Misuse of those donations is unrighteous and is a sin and an insult to their faith,” she stated in a tweet in Hindi.

What is the standing of the Ram temple building in Ayodhya?

The basis of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is likely to be completed by October this yr. In January, Champat Rai had stated the temple in Ayodhya could be constructed in round three years and the development value of the venture would exceed Rs 1,100 crore.

A fund-raising drive for the development of the Ram temple was carried out earlier this yr, and practically Rs 2,100 crore was collected.

On August 5, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the muse stone of the temple.

In November 2019, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title go well with. The court docket dominated that the two.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya could be handed over to a belief for the development of a Ram temple. The court docket directed the federal government to give 5 acres of land to the Sunni Waqf Board in Ayodhya for the development of a mosque.

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