SDM Order Does Not Affect Land Leased to Rajiv Gandhi Trust

Asked about the order, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said the Trust \"has explained itself very very clearly\".

Published: 27th August 2015 12:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2015 12:37 AM   |  A+A-


AMETHI: A revenue court today ordered return of the land given on lease to a cycle company back to Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC), an order that does not affect the lease being enjoyed by the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.

The order passed by sub-divisional magistrate, Gauriganj, Vandita Srivastava corrects certain errors in the land records entered fraudulently by some officials pertaining to the land given on lease to Samrat Cycles.

The order would have the effect of preventing Samrat Cycles from disposing of the land in any way.

The SDM's order referred to an earlier high court order which had upheld the lease in favour of Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) on Feb 27 this year.

Asked about the order, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said the Trust "has explained itself very very clearly".

"It runs a self-help group system that is the largest inUttar Pradesh. They have created SHGs for over 1.4 million women. They have transformed lives of millions and millions of women there. So Mrs Irani should go into the details of what work they have done and exactly what they are doing before she says anything," he told reporters in Jammu.

 Accusing the BJP of spreading "fake propaganda" and "falsehoods", the Congress party said the SDM's order has upheld the right of lease Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) and permission granted to it as also execution of lease deed in favour of RGCT on 27/02/2015".

"Correction of revenue record by SDM upholds the right of RGCT as a lessee of the land for remaining period of the 90 years lease", party's chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in a statement in Delhi.

Quoting from a copy of the order, he insisted that the SDM has also ordered correction of revenue record in favour of UPSIDC (Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation) and it does not in any way meant return of the lease land with  RGCT land to the UPSIDC.

He said that as per directions of Delhi High Court, RGCT took possession of the land and assets on 26.08.2011. Delhi High Court proceeded to approve the transfer deed in favor of the RGCT only in 2015, whereupon, this land was registered in the name of the RGCT at the office of Sub Registrar, Gauriganj, District Amethi on 27.02.2015.

"As the legal transfer has been effected only on 27.02.2015 i.e. recently and property was in a state of disuse, RGCT will proceed to undertake further activity in due course of time."

"RGCT is only entitled to retain the property for the remaining period of 55 years and has effectively stepped into the shoes of the Company in terms of the auction conducted by Delhi High Court", he said.

Surjewala said that the "unquestionable facts prove the apparent falsehood of BJP's allegations".

Two days back, Union HRD Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani levelled allegations in Amethi relating to Rajiv GandhiCharitable Trust (RGCT), which were "as false as her claims tomultiple educational degrees", he said.

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