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DDA ex-official planned fraud in SC forms: police

The Economic Offences Wing today broadened the scope of the DDA scam probe by arresting retired DDA official Mithun Lal Gautam...

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi |
January 16, 2009 11:48:31 pm

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) today broadened the scope of the DDA scam probe by arresting retired DDA official Mithun Lal Gautam and charging him with masterminding irregularities in flats reserved for applicants from Scheduled Caste category.

Gautam,who had retired in 2004,had been detained on Wednesday.

Besides him,a Dwarka-based property dealer,one Raju Ram,was also arrested. The investigators claim he was among those who funded Gautam in the scam.

Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) S B K Singh today said,“It is now for sure that there is a major fraud in DDA. We haven’t yet got the full information (but) it is a huge case and requires detailed and intensive interrogation and investigation.”

Singh said the EOW has got “several” leads: “The investigation will take time but we will take the case to a logical conclusion. No one would be spared; all angles will be probed.”

Police officials said Gautam had hatched the plan to take advantage of the flats reserved for SC-category applicants and was helped by at least eight financers. “These financers gave him money to submit application fees for 1,200 (fake) forms,” Singh said. “These were filled mostly from Bulandshahar,in Uttar Pradesh.”

An EOW source said Gautam has revealed names of these eight financers — all are apparently from Delhi — but is yet disclose details about them. Gautam,the source said,had promised these 1,200 applicants from UP that he would pay them Rs 1 lakh each on successful allotment of flats.

According to the source,Gautam has admitted hiring eight persons in an office near his house,in Paschim Vihar,to forge documents and fill the applications.

The investigators have learnt that Deepak Kumar helped Gautam. Kumar,the second arrest in the case,is a property dealer who made the first complaint in the case after allegedly being sidelined by other conspirators in the fraud. “The deal between Gautam,Raju Ram and eight others was on a profit-sharing basis but Gautam was assigned the task of handling operations in the DDA,” the source said.

Laxmi Narayan Meena,a suspended bank official from Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan),collected forms of Scheduled Tribes category in and around the town later,sources said.

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