ON THIS TAG The Indian Express published an investigation report that elected public officials and members of state government officials following the Supreme Court ruling of the construction of a Ram Temple in the district on week 9.
To confirm this, Manoj Kumar Singh, additional chief secretary (revenue) to Uttar Pradesh, said the chief minister had requested a report with relevant documents in the next 5-7 days. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken note of the newspaper report. An investigation was ordered at his instruction. An officer with the rank of special secretary was asked to conduct the investigation, ”said Singh The Indian Express.
An official said Radhey Shyam Mishra, special secretary for the Treasury Department, had been asked to conduct the investigation.
The Indian Express of Land Records investigation found that buyers of land parcels in Ayodhya included local MLAs, close relatives of bureaucrats who work or operate in Ayodhya, and local tax officials whose job it was to certify land transactions.
From Gosaiganj MLA Indra Pratap Tiwari, Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and a member of the State OBC Commission who bought land on their own behalf, to relatives of another MLA Ved Prakash Gupta, Divisional Commissioner MP Agrawal, Deputy Inspector General of Police Deepak Kumar, State Information Commissioner, Circle Officer of Police, a retired IAS officer – on 14 occasions, records revealed that families of these officers were buying land after the Supreme Court ruling, all within 3 miles of the Temple of Ram.
A number of these transactions raise further conflict of interest questions as the seller, in five cases, the Maharshi Ramayan Vidyapeeth Trust (MRVT), is being vetted by the same officials for alleged irregularities in the purchase of land from Dalit villagers whose relatives bought the land. These transactions raise critical decency and conflict of interest questions as at least four buyers are related to officials investigating the seller – a trust established by the late Mahesh Yogi – for alleged irregularities in the land transfer of Dalit residents.
At the heart of this transaction network is the Maharshi Ramayan Vidyapeeth Trust (MRVT), which acquired large tracts of land in the village of Barhata Manjha, less than 3 miles from the Ram Temple site, and several other surrounding villages in Ayodhya in the early 1990s. Almost 21 bighas (approximately 52,000 m²) were bought from this land by Dalits in apparent violation of the norms for only Rs 6.38 lakh, the value at current circulation between Rs 4.25 and Rs 9.58 crore.