Ramdev attacks Himachal Government over confiscating land granted to his trust

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 15:10 hrs

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday assailed the Himachal Pradesh Government after a plot of land that was granted to his trust in the state is confiscated.

Ramdev's Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust has filed a petition against the government decision in the Shimla High Court, and the court ruled out any demolition of the structures that had been constructed by the trust over the plot.

Commenting on these developments, Baba Ramdev said that this was yet another attempt by the Congress party ruled government to malign him.

"All sorts of lies were spread, but now all the lies are getting exposed. No form of illegal activity was done in this matter. It was a straight matter. And what selfish motive can we have? Today people are ready to give thousands of acres of land to us in India. People are ready to give millions of acres of land to us all over the world. We have no issues regarding land. We just want that people should be benefited, and here controversies are being created," said Baba Ramdev.

The state government took over the possession of the 28 acres land plot on February 22 on the contention it was allotted after violating statutory provisions.

The government is to present its views in the matter with clear details as soon as the court decides the next date of hearing in the case.

"As per the government, the decision to give them (Yoga Trust floated by Baba Ramdev) the plot of land was wrong. It was not legally correct, which is why it was cancelled. Today the government has taken over its custody," said Shravan Dogra, Counsel for the Himachal Government,.

The land plot was given to the Yoga Guru's trust for a one time lease payment of 17,00,000 rupees for a period of 99 years at a token annual fee of just one rupee.

Ramdev is also scheduled to hold a public rally in the town of Solan in the state where he is expected to make scathing attacks on the government on this issue. (ANI)

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