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Ayodhya's Ram Temple general secretary Champat Rai accused of land scam

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders have demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate into the land purchase.

June 14, 2021 / 08:33 AM IST
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra in a statement strongly refuted the land scam allegations calling it political propaganda | Image: Twitter/@ShriRamTeerth

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra in a statement strongly refuted the land scam allegations calling it political propaganda | Image: Twitter/@ShriRamTeerth

Opposition parties Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Samajwadi Party (SP), on June 13, accused Shriram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai of buying a piece of land worth Rs 2 crore at an inflated price of Rs 18.5 crore for the Ram temple premises.

AAP's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and Pawan Pandey, a former minister in the Samajwadi government, alleged that Rai purchased the land, measuring 1.208 hectares and located in Bag Bjaisi village under Sadar tehsil of Ayodhya district for a price of Rs 18.50 crore from the first purchaser, who had bought it minutes earlier on March 18 this year from its original owners for a sum of Rs two crores.

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, in a statement, strongly refuted the land scam allegations calling it political propaganda.

Citing entries of the registered sale deed of the land, Singh said that the land was first purchased by Sultan Ansari on March 18 this year from its original owner Kusum Pathak, wife of Harish Kumar Pathak alias Baba Hardas for a sum of Rs 2 crore.