Asaram Bapu’s ashram has not only violated the terms of lease but also encroached about half hectare of government land and used the land for commercial activities like sale of medicine, running a CBSE school etc.
The investigation team led by SDM Vijay Agarwal prepared the report after conducting spot inspection and measurement of the Ashram. The report will be submitted to Collector later in night.
Official sources said that from the inspection and investigation of records and documents it was found that the Ashram had received the land under lease for developing a garden and yoga practice only. But instead of developing the garden, the Ashram has constructed houses, swimming pool, pyramid shape hutment, an office for sale of medicines, school etc.
The government has provided 6.859 hectares land to the ashram from Bilawali and Limbodi villages on conditions at an annual lease rent of Re 1 in January 1998 and the possession of land was given on June 1, 1998. It was mentioned in the lease that the land should be used only for garden and yoga practice and no construction should be done.
The ashram has purchased about 2.818 hectares of land from others and merged it with the ashram. Besides this the Ashram has encroached upon about half hectares of government land.
The ashram claimed that it has constructed building after getting permission from village panchayat. But official sources said that construction on a land in green belt can not be given by village panchayat. Diversion of land is must for the purpose.
SDM Vijay Agarwal said that from preliminary investigation violation of lease terms, encroachment and violation of rules for construction have been found. The ashram is likely to face action which could be to the extent of cancellation of lease, action for encroachment of government land, and action for construction in green belt without diversion of land use.