Himachal authorities Possessed the land given to Ramdev’s trust Patanjali Yogpeeth by the previous BJP regime was on Friday in a “swift but peaceful action”, three days after the state government decided to cancel its lease.
A team of Solan district officials led by Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Solan, CP Verma, SDM, Kandaghat, LR Verma and SP, RC Chhasta reached Sadhupul, 50 kms from here, and informed the functionaries of the trust that the lease of the 28 acres of land, given to the yogpeeth in 2010, has been cancelled.
“We cooperated with the government and handed over the possession to revenue officials and would agitate the matter in the court,” Laxmi Dutt Sharma, state incharge of Bharatiya Swabhiman Trust, said.
He said, “The government had given the land to us by following proper procedure and the trust was not a commercial organisation but a public service organisation which has provided direct and indirect employment to hundreds of youths from about 40 villages in the neighborhood.”
State Chief Secretary, S Roy had yesterday said, “There is no ban on Ramdev’s entry into any part of Himachal but he will not be allowed to inaugurate the first phase of Patanjali Yogpeeth at Sadhupul as the Cabinet has decided to cancel the land lease and the land no longer belongs to the trust.” as there were number of “legal infirmities and irregularities” in respect of leased land and the project which was to be completed in two years was incomplete even after three years.
Further, the land was donated by erstwhile royal family of Patiala in 1956 for Indira Holiday Home for children and could not be given on lease to the trust and the power of attorney on behalf the trust was given to Acharya Balkrishan, whose nationality has been in dispute, he had said.