January 30, 2023
NDTV News


Congress urged PM Modi and Supreme Court to order a probe into the alleged land rip-off at Ayodhya (File).

New Delhi:

The Congress on Sunday alleged a rip-off within the buy of land by the Ram Temple Trust in Ayodhya and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Supreme Court to “fulfil their responsibility” by ordering a court-monitored probe to search out the reality.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged {that a} BJP chief purchased 890 sq. metres of land in Ayodhya for Rs 20 lakh in February and offered it to the Temple Trust for a whopping Rs 2.5 crore, making a revenue of 1,250 per cent in solely 79 days.

“BJP leaders are clearly complicit in this “loot” of donation collected for the construction of Ram Mandir. The everyday revelations reflect brazen plunder of crores of donations with active abetment of the BJP government,” the Congress chief alleged.

He stated the folks won’t ever forgive anybody who misappropriates donations within the identify of Lord Ram and questioned the “silence” of the Prime Minister and the Supreme Court.

“Lord Ram’s temple is being constructed as per the orders of the Supreme Court. Is it not the responsibility of the Supreme Court and its judges and the Prime Minister, who formed the Trust, to find out the truth and investigate this?

“Shouldn’t the Supreme Court take cognisance of the matter? The Supreme Court ought to discharge its obligation… maintain an audit of your entire transactions beneath its monitoring and punish the culprits,” he told reporters when asked if the party would move the court.

“Now the query is whether or not the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister will discharge their obligation, we depart it to their discretion,” he said.

Mr Surjewala said if it is anyone’s responsibility, it is PM Modi’s as he formed this trust.

“It just isn’t solely a query of morality, however it’s also a query of constitutionality,” he said, adding that the ball is now in the Prime Minister’s court on what action he takes.

The Congress had earlier alleged that a land purchased for Rs 2 crore was sold for Rs 18.5 crore to the Trust “inside minutes”, as per the land deed registered on March 18 this year, and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the “rip-off”.

BJP leaders had hit back at the Congress, claiming those who were opposed to the Ram temple constructions were now trying to derail it by making false and misleading allegations.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust had also dismissed the allegations as politically motivated.

Mr Surjewala said with the “info” now in the public domain, an investigation is required under the supervision of the Supreme Court to ascertain the truth.

Posing five questions to PM Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he asked, “What is the rationale for the intriguing silence of Modi ji-Adityanath on the brazen loot of crores and why no motion is being taken in opposition to the sinners who brazenly looted funds for the development of the Ram temple.”

“The Modi-Yogi governments ought to know that they can’t escape their bounden obligation i.e. Raj Dharma to punish the culprits,” Mr Surjewala stated.

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