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AAP alleges multi-crore scam in Ayodhya land deal for Ram temple

Sunday, 13 June 2021 (20:54 IST)
Lucknow: Aam Admi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha Member Sanjay Singh has demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order a high level inquiry into the alleged land scam by the Ramjanambhoomi Tirath Khetra Trust members for purchasing land for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

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Alleging a scam of Rs 16.50 crore, Mr Singh said that the illegal act has dealt a big blow on the faith of the million of Shree Ram bhakts, who have given donation for construction of the grand Ram temple at Ayodhya.

"The land deal papers clearly shows how the Trust members misused their powers and purchases a land paying hefty amount," AAP MP told a press conference here on Sunday.

He demanded that an ED and CBI probe should be done to punish the guilty people of the Ramjanambhoomi Tirath Khetra Trust who are behind this scam and playing with the religious sentiments of crore of people.

Presenting the documents including land agreement and stamp duty papers, he said that the entire matter was done on March 18, 2021 evening.

Mr Singh alleged that on March 18, 2021, at around 1910 hours one Sultan Ahmed and Ravi Mohan Tiwari purchased Gata number 243/244/246 from Mrs Kusum Pathak and Harish Pathak for Rs 2 crores whereas the market value of the land was around Rs 5.80 crore.

Surprisingly within 5 minutes, the land was sold to the Ramjanambhoomi Tirath Khetra Trust for Rs 18.50 crores and immediately Rs 17 crores was transferred to the owner Sultan Ahmed and Ravi Mohan Tiwari through RTGS.

The alleged land an area of 12080 sq meter or 1.208 hectare is situated at Bagbijasisi village under Haveli Awadh Pargana and in Sadar tehsil of Ayodhya.

The interesting part of both the purchases was that witnesses in both the deals were Trust member Anil Mishra and Ayodhya mayor Rishikesh Upadhaya.

The AAP MP in his charges further says that it was surprising to note that the stamp duty by the Trust of Rs 1,29,49,860 was purchased at least 10 minute earlier than the stamp duty purchased for the first deal of Rs 4,23,920. The Trust purchased the stamps at 1711 hrs on March 18,2021 while Sultan Ahmed purchased it at 1722 hrs on the same day.

"It is clear cut a case of money laundering when a property whose market value was Rs 5.80 crore was first purchased at Rs 2 crore and then it was sold at Rs 18.50 cr. PM should punish the guilty people so that the faith of the people in Lord Ram remains," he said while taunted that Trust general secretary Champat Rai has given the people a "champat with their money".

He also said that the purchase seems to be a fishy one as how could the Board of the Trust gave its approval in just five minutes after the purchase of the land. (UNI)

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