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Yogi Adityanath Govt Orders Probe

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Yogi Adityanath Govt Orders Probe


New Delhi: The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has ordered an investigation into reports that relatives of BJP leaders and government officials allegedly bought land near the upcoming Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought a report within a week and the probe would be conducted by a special secretary-rank officer, The Indian Express quoted Manoj Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), as saying. 

The report in the Indian Express said 14 such cases have come to light where land was bought within a 5-km radius of the Ram temple site following the landmark 2019 Supreme Court verdict.

The seller in one set of these transactions was Maharshi Ramayan Vidyapeeth Trust (MRVT), which is under lens for alleged irregularities in purchase of land from Dalit villagers. Interestingly, the trust is being probed by the same officials whose relatives bought the land, rasing questions of conflict of interest.

On November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court had ordered that the disputed land in Ayodhya would be handed over to a trust for the construction of a Ram Temple. It also asked the UP government to allot a 5-acre land to the Sunni Waqf Board for building…

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