Quietly, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali group has crept into Aravalli hills

Business Standard | Nitin Sethi, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava | Faridabad | June 06, 2019

The yoga guru’s companies and associates, bypassing restrictions, have discreetly purchased a large tract of forested, hilly common land in a village in Faridabad, Haryana

The Patanjali group, through companies controlled by Acharya Balkrishna, and some of their closely-associated land dealers, has picked up more than 400 acres of forested common lands in the Aravalli hills of Faridabad, Haryana. It has done so, mostly over 2014-16, by circumventing restrictions put in place on sale of such common lands in Kot village, under more than 300 power-of-attorney agreements.

Such agreements for purchase of land are banned in Delhi. The Patanjali group’s land in the village could now see a sudden appreciation in value, with the Haryana government kick-starting a.. Read more