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9 charged with forgery,fraud in housing society scandal

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Vinod Kumar on Wednesday framed charges against nine persons.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2012 1:41 am

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Vinod Kumar on Wednesday framed charges against nine persons,including former Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) Narayan Diwakar,for registering a society under forged documents in 2003.

Other than Diwakar,several other officials of the department were charged with cheating,forgery and fraud under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was about Shri Narayan Co-operative Group Housing Society Ltd,which had been registered with the RCS.

But the housing society was liquidated in 1978 because members of the society were not keen on continuing with it.

In 2003,a person named Vishwanath Aggarwal requested that the housing project be revived,allegedly claiming that he was the society’s secretary. He then fraudulently enrolled 65 new members,the CBI said.

In connivance with RCS officials,including dealing assistants and an assistant registrar,he and co-accused Sri Chand managed to take over the society and got it revived using forged documents and reports,CBI said.

Investigations conducted by the CBI revealed that another accused,Ramesh Chandra,the then assistant registrar (East),appointed Faiz Mohammad as inspecting officer,who submitted his report in 2007.

In his report,he said he had visited the society’s office and inspected all the records available with Aggarwal.

It was found that Diwakar and Balam Singh Aswal,working as an election officer,gave the clearance for the revival of the society.

The prosecution told the court that there was no evidence to prove that the officials of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies made monetary gains from the fraud.

But it was clear that their action could have paved the way to make money on the sly from the builder mafia after allocation of land for the housing society,the investigating agency said.

The court said a case of abuse of official position and involvement in a criminal conspiracy could be made out against the RCS officials.

The court dismissed Diwakar’s argument that he was not involved and had merely passed an order on the basis of a report from his subordinates.

The court said: “The registrar is not supposed to act mechanically on reports submitted by his subordinates. He is not a rubber stamp.”

Diwakar is an accused in a number of cases,involving housing societies. He was recently given a clean chit in another case because the CBI could not produce sufficient evidence against him.

All the accused have pleaded not guilty and were allowed bail. The court has fixed November 5 as the date for examination of prosecution evidence. The case is part of 150 similar housing society scandals that CBI is probing.

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