Land for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was purchased at rates lower than current market prices, the trust overseeing the temple’s construction said on Monday, refuting allegations of corruption and dismissing demands of probe even as a political storm brewing due to the allegations intensified.

Champat Rai, general secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, said the 1.2 hectare (about 12,000 square metres) land at Bagh Vijeshwar in Ayodhya was purchased at 1,423 per sq feet – lower than market rates.

He said that agreements between the land’s original owner, Kusum Pathak, and the sellers, Sultan Ansari and Ravi Mohan Tewari, were made in 2011, 2017 and 2019 – before the Supreme Court’s verdict on Ram temple.

“I appeal to all Ram devotees to not pay attention to false campaigns,” he said.

His comments came in response to allegations by former Samajwadi Party MLA from Ayodhya, Tej Narayan Pandey, and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya…

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