Out of this, in five cases, conflict of interest arises in respect of transactions, as the land sold by Maharishi Ramayana Vidyapeeth Trust is under investigation for alleged irregularities while buying land from Dalits. The same officers are investigating this matter, whose relatives have bought the land.
New Delhi: In the month of November 2019, after the Supreme Court gave a big verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute, this area has become a big center of land exchange. After the order of the court, big leaders, officials and their families have bought land here.
While on one hand Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which was formed in February 2020, has taken about 70 acres of land, on the other hand many influential people are buying land on a large scale in its adjoining area, so that they can get benefits. Could.
According to a report in the Indian Express, these buyers include local MLAs, close relatives of bureaucrats working in Ayodhya, and even local revenue officials, whose job is to authenticate land transactions.
Records of 14 cases perused by this paper show that an MLA, mayor and a member of the State OBC Commission have bought land in his name in a five-kilometre area of the Ram temple site.
At the same time, relatives of the Divisional Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Circle Officer of Police and State Information Commissioner have also bought land.
Out of this, in five cases, conflict of interest arises in respect of transactions as the land sold by Maharishi Ramayana Vidyapeeth Trust (MRVT) is under investigation for alleged irregularities while buying land from Dalits. The same officers are investigating this matter, whose relatives have bought the land.
Keshav Prasad Agarwal, father-in-law of MP Agrawal, who has been working as the Divisional Commissioner of Ayodhya since November 2019, had bought 2,530 square meters of land from MRVT in Barhta Manjha for Rs 31 lakh on December 10, 2020. His brother-in-law Anand Vardhan also bought 1,260 square meters of land in the same village from MRVT for Rs 15.50 lakh on the same day.
Company records show that the commissioner’s wife is a partner in her father’s firm Helmond Contractors & Builders LLP.
MP Aggarwal refused to answer on this matter. At the same time, Keshav Prasad Aggarwal admitted that he has bought the land, as he plans to live in Ayodhya after retirement.
Similarly, Tripti Gupta, wife of Atul Gupta, brother-in-law of Purushottam Das Gupta, who was the Chief Revenue Officer of Ayodhya between July 20, 2018 and September 10, 2021, together with a person named Amarjeet Yadav, on 12 October 2021 at Barhata Manjha, acquired 1,130 square meter land MRVT. Bought it from Rs. 21.88 lakh.
Purushottam Das Gupta said that he has no role in the investigation against MRVT and has not bought any land in his name. Atul Gupta admitted that he had bought the land and said that he had not taken Purushottam’s help for this.
Purushottam Das is presently the Additional District Magistrate (Executive) of Gorakhpur.
Indra Pratap Tiwari, MLA of Gosaiganj in Ayodhya district, has purchased 2,593 square meters of land from MRVT in Barhta Manjha for Rs 30 lakh on 18 November 2019.
On 16 March 2021, his brother-in-law Rajesh Kumar Mishra, along with Raghavacharya, bought 6320 square meters of land in Barhata Majha from Suraj Das for Rs 47.40 lakh.
Rajesh Mishra said, ‘I have bought these plots from my savings. I have nothing to do with Tiwari ji (MLA).
On November 18, 2019, Maa Sharda Seva Trust, associated with the MLA, bought 9,860 square meters of land in Barhata Manjha from MRVT for Rs 73.95 lakh.
Mahima Thakur, sister of Deepak Kumar’s wife, who was Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of Ayodhya between July 26, 2020 and March 30, 2021, bought 1,020 square meters of land in Barhta Manjha from MRVT for Rs 19.75 lakh on September 1, 2021.
Deepak Kumar said, ‘During my posting in Ayodhya, none of my relatives bought any land. I, my wife or my father did not give any money for any land there. My brother-in-law (Mahima Thakur’s husband) is from Kushinagar and now lives in Bangalore. He told me that he had bought land in Ayodhya by selling his land in Kushinagar. I have no role and relationship with this purchase.’
Kumar is currently the DIG in Aligarh.
Umadhar Dwivedi, a retired IAS officer of UP cadre, had purchased 1,680 square meters of land in Barhta Manjha from MRVT on 23 October 2021 for Rs 39.04 lakh. Dwivedi currently lives in Lucknow.
“I don’t know whether there is any case pending against him (MRVT). I have not taken any help from the district administration in this deal.
Similarly, Tarun Mittal, nephew of Ayodhya MLA Ved Prakash Gupta, bought 5,174 square meters of land in Barhta Manjha from Renu Singh and Seema Soni for Rs 1.15 crore on 21 November 2019. On December 29, 2020, he traveled about five km from the temple site. He bought 14,860 square meters of land from Jagdamba Singh and Jadunandan Singh in Maheshpur (Gonda) across the Saryu river for Rs 4 crore.
MLA Gupta said, ‘I have not bought even a small piece of land in Ayodhya in the last four years of my tenure as MLA. But as the MLA of Ayodhya, I keep inviting people from across the country to come to Ayodhya and buy land.
Tarun Mittal’s father and MLA’s brother Chandra Prakash Gupta said, ‘We have opened a gaushala on that land. There are about 20 cows now. Four-five people have jointly bought land in Maheshpur.
Ayodhya Mayor Hrishikesh Upadhyay bought 1,480 square meters of land from Harish Kumar for Rs 30 lakh on September 18, 2019, two months before the Supreme Court’s verdict.
On July 9, 2018, as the manager of Paramhansa Shikshan Training Mahavidyalaya, he took 2,530 square meters of land at Kazipur Chitwan in Ayodhya as a ‘donation’ from a person named Ramesh. The land value in the government records is Rs 1.01 crore.
Upadhyay said, ‘I had sold my land earlier, later bought it again (from Harish Kumar). The purchase of land in Kazipur Chitwan is for my college, which is running there since 2006.
Shobhita Rani, cousin of former Ayodhya sub-divisional magistrate Ayush Choudhary, bought 5,350 square meters of land from the ashram in Biroli, Ayodhya, for Rs 17.66 lakh on May 28, 2020. On November 28, 2019, the Aarav Disha Kamala Foundation, run by Shobhita Rani, bought 1,130 square meters of land in Malikpur, Ayodhya from Dinesh Kumar for Rs 7.24 lakh.
Ayush Chaudhary said that he has no relation with Rani or the Foundation. Although Rani’s husband Ram Janma Varma said, ‘Ayush is my wife’s cousin, we have formed the foundation.’ Choudhary is currently working in Kanpur.
Similarly, Santosh Kumar Chaurasia, the father-in-law of Arvind Chaurasia, Provincial Police Service Officer, Circle Officer, bought 126.48 square meters of land in Rampur Halwara Upahar village of Ayodhya from Bhupesh Kumar on June 21, 2021 for four lakh rupees.
After this, on 21 September 2021, his mother-in-law Ranjana Chaurasia bought 279.73 square meters of land in the factory from a person named Bhagirathi for Rs 20 lakh.
Arvind Chaurasia said, ‘My father-in-law is associated with religious activities. They want to build an ashram in Ayodhya. They want to settle there after my mother-in-law’s retirement.
Apart from this, Sangeeta Shahi, wife of State Information Commissioner Harshvardhan Shahi and her son Saharsh Kumar Shahi had bought 929.85 square meters of land at Sarairasi Manjha in Ayodhya on November 18, 2021 for Rs 15.82 lakh.
Shahi said that he wants to settle in Ayodhya and he has bought this land to build a house.
State OBC commission member Balram Maurya had bought 9,375 square meters of land in Maheshpur, Gonda from Jagdamba and Triveni Singh for Rs 50 lakh on February 28, 2020.
Maurya said, ‘I want to build a hotel on this land after other buyers construct it. I have to arrange money from banks.
Other buyers in this area include the kin of Lekhpal Badri Upadhyay of Ganja village, Kanungo Sudhanshu Ranjan of Ganja village, etc.
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