The Congress party, on Thursday, June 17, levelled some serious allegations on Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust for irregularities in the land purchase for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The Congress party’s former cabinet minister from Madhya Pradesh, PC Sharma, filed a complaint in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal police station against the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust for alleged irregularities while purchasing the land for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
The Congress party leader told media reporters outside the police station that he seeks the Trust’s General Secretary and others involved in the alleged scam be booked under various provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC). “We demand Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra general secretary Champat Rai and other scamsters to be booked under Sections 408, 420, 120B of IPC” said PC Sharma while addressing reporters in Bhopal, quoted by ANI.
The allegations of alleged corruption in the land deal cropped up on Sunday, June 13, when Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, Tej Narayan Pandey, accused Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust of corruption in the Ram Mandir land deal and demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the matter.
“The piece of land was earlier purchased for Rs 2 crore by Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari. 10 minutes later, the Trust bought the land for Rs 18.5 crores on March 18.” alleged Pandey in his statement, quoted media reports.
Pandey alleged that Rs. 17 crores were subsequently routed to the bank accounts of Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari via RTGS mode. He demanded a thorough probe in the matter to uncover the hidden truth in the alleged scam.
When asked about the alleged scam to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), it denied any such scam and accused the opposition of misleading people ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The International Working President of VHP, Alok Kumar, slammed the SP leader and warned of legal proceedings for misleading people.
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust is given the responsibility by the Central Government to procure the material to construct the grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. This was when the Supreme Court passed its judgment in November 2019 on the decades old Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute. The SC directed the Central Government led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a Trust to build the grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.