At last,DDA flat scam has an FIR; ex-bank staffer held in Rajasthan

Almost three weeks into its probe of alleged irregularities in DDA’s 2008 housing scheme,the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police finally registered an FIR and made an arrest on Friday.

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi | Published:January 10, 2009 12:20 am

Almost three weeks into its probe of alleged irregularities in DDA’s 2008 housing scheme,the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police finally registered an FIR and made an arrest on Friday.

Laxmi Narayan Meena,50,a suspended employee of Kendriya Sahkari Bank,was arrested in Jhunjhunu,Rajasthan. He has been charged under IPC Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation),420 (cheating and dishonesty),468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged document).

He is being brought to Delhi after permission from a local magistrate.

The FIR (number 2/09),registered at EOW Police Station in Malviya Nagar,is based on the complaint of one Ragubir Singh,a successful allottee from Jhunjhunu. Singh claims Meena had approached him and a few others for their documents to apply for the scheme on their behalf. The FIR also says documents of four persons from the same village in Jhunjhunu were recovered from Meena.

Sources,though,said Meena,suspended from the bank on corruption charges,is only a small cog in the wheel. They said the scam’s roots are in Delhi. “Meena is among the conspirators,” a source said. “The probe till now has shown a few property dealers from Delhi and NCR contacted bank employees at different places to get applications for the flats under the reserved SC/ST quota and then collected documents.”

EOW sources said they are looking into the role played by the principal of a Jhunjhunu college who attested caste certificates of some applicants.

DDA computer sent to FSL
While the police are probing whether any DDA official,especially those from Rajasthan and Haryana,is involved in the alleged irregularities,investigators today seized the hard disk containing the draw’s software. It has been sent to the Forensic Science Lab in Hyderabad to check whether it was sabotaged.

Meanwhile,complainant Udit Raj held a protest outside DDA’s Vikas Sadan headquarters. He maintained that the scam is deeper than it appears and appealed for a CBI probe.

In another development,Malviya Nagar police confirmed that they had questioned one Suresh Kumar Meena on October 31,based on Udit Raj’s complaint. “Suresh Meena said he was helping people from his caste fill up the forms since they did not understand the procedure. We did not find any foul play,so he was not arrested; we forwarded the input to EOW,” an officer from Malviya Nagar police said.

Incidentally,the scam’s whistleblower,one Deepak Kumar,has claimed Suresh Kumar Meena was among people who made threat calls to him. “Suresh and another man,Vijay Pal,approached me for help in seeking a bank loan to apply for the scheme. I agreed to help but they began coming with 50 forms from Rajasthan every day,” Deepak Kumar said. “That’s when I decided to inform Udit Raj.”

Kumar claims Suresh Meena and Vijay Pal are both property dealers based in Shalimar Bagh.

Vijay Pal told Newsline that “Udit Raj is trying to frame him. But he refused to reveal whether he had travelled to Jhunjhunu or Bayana recently.

In Bayana,flat winner found dead
The winner of a flat in DDA’s housing scheme was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his village in Rajasthan on Friday evening. The deceased,Roshan Lal Koli,a tailor from Koli Pada in Bayana,was one of the three successful allottees from Bayana. “He had gone for a drink at a vacant house near his residence around 6 pm Friday and his wife found him unconscious about an hour-and-a-half later,” a Bayana police official said. “He was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.”

Newsline had spoken to Koli’s brother on Tuesday and he said the family knew he had been allotted a house. “We will try to raise the money to buy it,” he had said. The autopsy would be conducted on Saturday. A police official said,“We are investigating the case but prima facie it appears an accidental death due to heavy drinking — he probably fell down the stairs.”
— Arpit Parashar

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