Ayodhya land deal row: Ram temple Trust bought two more lands for Rs 3.5 crore

India Today has accessed documents revealing two more deals where two lands worth Rs 47 lakh were sold to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust for Rs 3.5 crore. The lands were sold by Deep Narayan Upadhyay, who is the nephew of Ayodhya’s Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay.

Amid the ongoing controversy around the land purchase for Ayodhya’s Ram temple, India Today has uncovered two more such deals where two lands worth Rs 47 lakh were sold to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust for Rs 3.5 crore.

According to the documents accessed by India Today, the two lands were bought by one Deep Narayan Upadhyay for Rs 20 lakh and Rs 27 lakh. These two lands were then sold to the Trust for Rs 2.5 crore and Rs 1 crore, respectively.

Deep Narayan is the nephew of Ayodhya’s Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay. On February 20 this year, Deep Narayan bought the 890 square metres land — under Gata Number 135 at Kot Ramchandra, Haveli Awadh in Sadar Tehsil — from Mahant Devendra Prasad Acharya of Ayodhya for Rs 20 lakh. According to the property’s circle rate, which is the minimum rate of sale decided by local authorities, the value of this purchased land was estimated at Rs 35.6 lakh.

After three months, on May 11, Deep Narayan sold this land to the Trust for Rs 2.5 crores.

The circle rate of this land was Rs 4,000 per square metre. But it was sold to the temple Trust for Rs 28,090 per square metre.

In another deal, Deep Narayan sold a piece of 676.86 square meters of land to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on February 20. The land — Gata No. 36M — was sold to the Trust for Rs 1 crore.

According to the circle rate, the cost of this land comes out to be Rs 27.08 lakh, costing Rs 4,000 per square metre. The Trust purchased the piece of land for Rs 14,774 per square metre.

Anil Mishra, a Trust member, was also present on behalf of the witness in both the deals.

Controversy over Ayodhya land deals

A controversy erupted over the purchase of a piece of land by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra in Ayodhya after the Samajwadi Party and Aam Aadmi Party alleged corruption in the process.

SP leader 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 worth Rs 2 crore was purchased for Rs 18.5 crore.

AAP’s Sanjay Singh called it a case of money 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,” said Sanjay Singh in Lucknow.

Another land deal came to light last week when official records revealed that the Trust purchased a piece of land on March 18 for Rs 8 crore. Incidentally, Anil Mishra and Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay were witnesses in all these sale deeds.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai has, however, dismissed the allegations, calling them politically motivated.

Source: India Today

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