Ram Temple Trust made another deal and bought 1.03-hectare land for Rs 8 crore from owners: Report

Ram Temple Trust: Two days after the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust took to Twitter to publish a factual report on the controversial Ayodhya land purchase deal, a new report claimed the Trust had purchased two prime plots of land – 1,208 hectares and 1,037 hectares – in Ayodhya on March 18, 2021, at two different prices of Rs 18.5 crore and Rs 8 crore, respectively, from two different buyers.

According to Indian Express, official documents show that the Trust purchased 1,208 hectares of land for Rs 18.5 crore from Sultan Ansari and real estate dealer Ravi Mohan Tiwari. The two had bought the land from the original owners – Harish Pathak and Kusum Pathak – for Rs 2 crore.

But the Trust made another plot deal the same day – of 1,037 hectares – directly with the Pathaks for Rs 8 crore, the Indian Express reported.

The newspaper said it checked the documents available on Integrated Grievance Redressal System – Uttar Pradesh (IGRS-UP), according to which “two plots constitute the set of land identified collectively by Gata numbers 242, 243, 244 and 246, and make part of the agreement signed in September 2019 between Harish Pathak and Kusum Pathak and nine other people including Sultan Ansari. The amount of the consideration for this has been set at Rs 2 crore.

In a statement released by the Trust on Tuesday, he emphasized the transparency of the deal and also explained the difference in land prices in Ayodhya. He said the land is located next to the road approaching the Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir and is of higher value.

The released report was in response to accusations against the trust by Aam Aadmi Party MP Rajya Sabha, Sanjay Singh, and Samajwadi Party leader Pawan Pandey, who alleged that the trust’s general secretary, Champat Rai, had bought land worth Rs 2 crore. at an inflated price of Rs 18.5 crore.

According to the two opposition leaders, Sultan Ansari bought on March 18 the land in the village of Bag Bjaisi which falls under Sadar tehsil of Ayodhya district and measuring 1,208 hectares from its original owner Kusum Pathak, the wife of Harish Kumar Pathak for 2 crore sold to Champat Rai the same day by Sultan Ansari for a price of Rs 18.50 crore.

Earlier Monday, Congress called for a Supreme Court watched inquiry into the purchase agreement. Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said the land deal was a “big scam” using funds raised from worshipers and urged the prime minister to respond to the nation. This has been called by the BJP an attempt to “defame” and “derail” the construction of the temple.

The allegations were refuted by the Trust, which in an earlier statement said the current sellers had a contract registered years ago at a price. They sold the land to the Trust after the deed of sale on March 18.

“After the Supreme Court’s order, many people started to come to Ayodhya to buy land, and as the UP government also buys a lot of land for development works, the price of land suddenly increased. . The land on which the discussion started is very close to the station and is therefore in a very important place. All land purchased by the Trust is purchased at a price well below market price, “the statement said.

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