Highlights:

  • Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, Tej Narayan Pandey also sought a CBI probe into the land purchase deal.
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh made similar allegations against the land purchase.
  • General secretary of the trust, Champat Rai dismissed the allegations of fraud and termed it as “misleading and motivated by political hatred”.

On Monday, Congress demanded an investigation monitored by the Supreme Court into the matter of alleged irregularity in the land purchase by the Ram temple trust at Ayodhya. While addressing a virtual press conference, the general secretary and spokesperson of Congress, Randeep Surjewala termed the alleged irregularity in the land purchase as a “big scam” and said that the SC “should take cognizance of the issue and investigate the matter” as the trust was built on the Supreme Court’s direction.

He further stated that the number of donations and the trust’s expenses should also be audited under the supervision of the apex court. He also added that Congress does not want to halt the construction work of the Ram temple.

On Sunday, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Tej Narayan Pandey sought a CBI probe as he accused Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust of committing corruption in a land deal. After that controversy erupted when Pandey said in the press conference, “The piece of land was earlier purchased for Rs 2 crores by Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari. 10 minutes later, the Trust bought the land for Rs 18.5 crores on 18th March.”

Pandey further claimed that through RTGS mode of payment, Rs 17 crore was sent to the bank account of Sultan Ansari and Ravi Mohan Tiwari and demanded an investigation into the RTGS money transfer.

On the other hand, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh made similar allegations against the land purchase.

However, terming the charges as “misleading and motivated by political hatred”, general secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Champat Rai dismissed the allegations of fraud in land purchase for the Ram temple premises.

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