Ayodhya Ram Mandir Land Scam: Value of Rs 2 Crore Land Allegedly Grew 9 Times in 5 Minutes
By: Mahak Arora
The Ram Janmabhoomi Trust has been accused of corruption in buying the land for Ayodhya’s Ram temple. Samajwadi Party and Aam Aadmi Party leaders claimed that the land on which the temple is being constructed was purchased at an inflated price. The Trust has denied these allegations calling them baseless.
Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and Samajwadi Party leader Pawan Pandey claimed the transaction took place in March this year. According to the allegation, it involved two real estate dealers allegedly purchasing a property from an individual for ₹ 2 crore and selling it - just five minutes later - to the Trust for ₹ 18.5 crore.
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra general secretary Champat Rai has rubbished the allegations pointing out, “All the court fees and stamp paper purchase is done online and the amount is transferred into the bank account of the seller through online transaction. All these documents are available online to view. The persons raising these concerns are politically motivated.”
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya made three tweets on Tuesday regarding the land dispute. One of his posts talked about the “construction of a grand temple of Ramlala” being “not tolerated by the anti-Ram traitors.” While another post read, “Do not preach anti-Ram to Ram devotees.”
Sanjay Singh went ahead with his questions at a press conference where he said, “In this case, the timing of the stamp of the agreement and the time of the stamp also raises questions. The stamp of the land which was later sold to the trust was bought at 5:11 pm and the stamp of the land which was earlier bought by Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Ansari was bought at 5:22 pm. There is a proper board proposal to buy land, after all, how did the Ram Mandir Trust pass this resolution within five minutes and immediately buy the land?”
The Trust was set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in February 2020 to oversee and manage the construction of the temple based on a Supreme Court verdict. In the 2019 order, the Supreme Court order gave the Hindu petitioners possession of the disputed site in Ayodhya which had in 1992 witnessed the demolition of the mosque that had stood on those grounds for centuries.
It was awarded around 70 acres of land in the ruling and 12 of its 15 members are nominated by the Centre.
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