The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust purchased two land parcels in Ayodhya – 1.208 hectares and 1.037 hectares on the same day.
On March 18, 2020, the two lands were purchased for Rs 18.5 crore and Rs 8 crore from separate buyers.
The property belonged to Harish Pathak and Kusum Pathak with a sale deed registered in November 2017.
On March 18, the Ram Mandir Trust purchased a large plot of 1.208 hectares for Rs 18.5 crore from Sultan Ansari and property dealer Ravi Mohan Tiwari.
Earlier, Tiwari and Ansari bought the land from Harish Pathak and Kusum Pathak for Rs 2 crore.
The two parties accused the trust of corruption and demanded an investigation. The Trust however denied any such indulgence with the piece of land.
Meanwhile, it appears that the trust also purchased a smaller plot of 1.037 hectares directly from the Pathaks for Rs 8 crore.
The Indian Express confirmed the news from documents available at the Integrated Grievance Redressal System – Uttar Pradesh’s website.
The 1.208 hectares land parcel has been identified by Gata Number 243, 244, and 246, whereas the 1.037 hectares parcel of land is identified as Gata Number 242.
This is an aspect of the land deal signed in September 2019 between Pathaks and nine others, including Sultan Ansari, with Rs 2 crore as consideration amount.
The 1.208 hectares of land were sold to Ansari and Tiwari by Pathaks for Rs 2 crore and later purchased by the trust for Rs 18.5 crore.
The transaction for this land is double the rate in rupee per square meter than what the Trust paid to Pathaks for the 1.037 hectares plot. Both transactions took place on March 18.
On May 11, interestingly, the Ram temple Trust gave away 695.678 square meters of land from the 1.037 hectares (Gata Number 242) to Yashoda Nandan Tripathi and Kaushal Kishore Tripathi of Kashaulya Bhawan for free.
As per practice the September 2019 agreement with Rs 2 crore consideration amount was terminated.
All three sale deeds involving two pieces of land have the same witness Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and Ram temple trust member Anil Mishra.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Champat Rai said the 1.208 hectares of land was a prime property situated near railway stations in Ayodhya.
He claimed the dealers were offering the land at a lower price than the market rate.
Furthermore, the Ayodhya Sadar Sub Registrar told the Indian Express the circle rate of the land had not been increased since 2017.
The circle rate is the price per unit area below which the transaction cannot be registered.
The registrar provided data to show an increase in the land deals in the area.
There were 7,126 documents registered in 2019-2020. Moreover, at least 8,603 were registered in 2020-2021.
The Ram temple trust has not divulged the details about the second land – 1.037 hectares of land – even though the agreement was signed over the last 10 years.
The opposition parties, primarily the Aam Aadmi Party, Samajwadi Party, and Congress, have criticized the financial irregularities of the Trust and have prompted an investigation by the Supreme Court.