Opposition alleges 'major' scam in land purchased to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya
New Delhi, June 13: Shriram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai was on Sunday accused by two opposition leaders of buying a piece of land worth Rs 2 crore at an inflated price of Rs 18.5 crore for the Ram temple premises.
The allegation, strongly refuted by Rai, was made by two opposition leaders -- AAP's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and a former minister in the Samajwadi Party government, Pawan Pandey.
Terming it a case of money laundering, Singh and Pandey both sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.
Both the leaders alleged that Rai purchased the land, measuring 1.208 hectares and located in Bag Bjaisi village under Sadar tehsil of Ayodhya district, for a price of Rs 18.50 crore on March 18 this year from the first purchaser, who had bought it minutes earlier from its originial owners for a sum of Rs 2 crores.
They demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.
Responding to the allegations,vice president of Vishva Hindu Parishad and general secretary of the trust Champat Rai said people have been making allegations against them for the last 100 years.
"We were also accused of killing Mahatma Gandhi. We don't care about such allegations. We will study them and then reply," he added.