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Updated on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 06:02 PM IST

Ram Mandir land 'scam': AAP leader Sanjay Singh releases new papers, claims 'earlier agreement was cancelled'

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After exposing the trust of highly anticipated Ayodhya Ram Mandir by claiming its involvement in land scam, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh on Wednesday presented new documents regarding the land deal in which land worth Rs 2 crore was purchased by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust at over Rs 18 crore within 'minutes'.

Amid the raging controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party spokespersons in television debates claimed that the land agreement was done over a decade, as also 'confirmed' by Sultan Ansari and Ravi Mohan Tiwari. Hence, the allegations of price change in minutes are baseless.

As per a Hindustan Times report, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the previous agreement was cancelled before the new agreement was made in March 2021 and hence the defence that the price has agreed over a period of time does not hold water.

Besides commenting on the attacs carried at his residence in Delhi over allegations, he said, "No matter how many times you attack me, I will continue to raise my voice against the corruption committed in the name of Lord Ram..if there is anything that is posing as a roadblock to the construction work, it is the embezzlement of the fund. AAP too wants Ram Temple construction work to be completed soon."

Sanjay Singh revealed names of the nine people and claimed that Ravi Mohan Tiwari was not among them. His name has been included in the agreement made in March 2021, after cancelling the earlier agreement. Since the earlier agreement was cancelled, the AAP MP said, the original owner of the land Harish Pathak and Kusum Pathak could sell the land directly to the Trust, without Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari.

After the accusations against the temple trust, the general secretary of the trust, Champat Rai, said that he is not rattled by such allegations and that the entire matter would be looked into.

However, another seer from Ayodhya, Mahant Raju Das of Hanuman Garhi, said that the trust should conduct an enquiry into the allegations levelled by the AAP leader. He said that if the allegations were found to be false, he would sue Singh in the court.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra is a Trust that was set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in February 2020 to oversee and manage the construction of the temple based on a Supreme Court verdict. It was awarded around 70 acres of land in the ruling and 12 of its 15 members are nominated by the Centre.

The foundation of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is likely to be completed by October this year. In January, Champat Rai had said the temple in Ayodhya would be built in around three years and the construction cost of the project would exceed Rs 1,100 crore.

Additionally, a fund-raising drive for the construction of the massive temple was conducted earlier this year, and nearly Rs 2,100 crore was generated.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 06:03 PM IST
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