Big scam by Ram temple trust; SC must take cognisance: Cong on alleged Ayodhya land deal fraud
The Congress on Monday claimed corruption in purchase of land in Ayodhya by the Ram temple trust and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the charge.
Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged at a press conference that the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust had purchased “12,080 square metres of land” at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh at an inflated price of Rs 18.5 crore.
Citing the land deeds, Surejwala claimed that trust members Anil Mishra, who is a BJP leader, and Hrishikesh Upadhyay, a former mayor of Ayodhya, are witness to the Rs 18.5 crore land deal.
He said the facts that have come to light point to a “big scam” in funds collected from devotees and this amounts to committing a big sin and wrongdoing.
He said that “with such a scam and facts coming to light”, the Congress demands that the prime minister answer to the nation. So the chief justice and the Supreme Court must take awareness of the matter and order a court-monitored probe into the charges, Surjewala said.
As well as It should carry out a inquiry on the evaluating value of all land purchased by the trust from donations and make it public in the traditions of idealism of Lord Ram, he demanded.
Asked if the Congress will seek stopping of the construction work of the Ram temple, Surjewala said the work which is being carried out on full swing should continue and not be stopped.