Cops on the trail of another ex-DDA man

More than one DDA official may be involved in the multi-crore flat scam. On Saturday,a team of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) raided a few places in Gurgaon in search of a former DDA official,now a property dealer.

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi | Published:January 18, 2009 12:23 am

More than one DDA official may be involved in the multi-crore flat scam. On Saturday,a team of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) raided a few places in Gurgaon in search of a former DDA official,now a property dealer. Highly placed sources said the official had been running the business from Gurgaon since leaving the DDA. He was reportedly named by M L Gautam,former DDA official,arrested by EOW on Thursday.

The man,popularly known as ‘Sharmaji’,was involved in planning the scam. “We don’t know much about this Sharmaji except that he played some role in the whole thing. We raided his office in Gurgaon but could not find him. He allegedly helped in getting information about the scheme,filling forms and raising funds,” said an official. “It is not clear yet in which department he worked.”

The police reportedly got information about some Gurgaon property dealers’ involvement in the scam from tailor Dharam Pal Koli,who said they took away his documents after promising a flat.

That the Delhi Police is investigating the role of some Gurgaon property dealers in the scam was first reported by Newsline on January 9. Now,besides ‘Sharmaji’,police sources said,a few other property dealers from Gurgaon who were in touch with Gautam may be involved. Sources said the Gurgaon property dealers procured documents of people from some villages in Haryana,where raids are being carried out. Meanwhile,in Jhunjhunu,Rajasthan,EOW officials questioned one Alok Kumar,an accountant who reportedly helped in making PAN cards of the Meena community applicants. Sources said he was in touch with Laxmi Narain Meena,arrested last Saturday. The police came to know about Alok from a courier company in Jhunjhunu. In Delhi,cops are questioning Chartered Accountant Manish Kumar,who met Suresh Kumar Meena through Deepak Kumar. Manish helped in clearing loan formalities of at least 2,000 applicants,said a source. On Saturday,an EOW team went to Jhunjhunu to look for Suresh,but he could not found. Another team met applicants in Bulandshahar,Uttar Pradesh,who were contacted by Gautam. The EOW is also planning to visit Jharkhand and some North-East states for further investigations,police sources said.

Police scanning general category forms

The Delhi Police began scanning the general category applicants on Saturday. Documents and CDs related to the general category applicants were seized on Tuesday. After filing an FIR in the DDA housing scam on January 9,the police had started investigations into the flats allotted to applicants under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes categories. After unearthing a nexus between DDA officials,agents,Chartered Accountants,property dealers and financiers,the police had claimed it to be a ‘huge scam’.

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