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DDA scam: 2 new FIRS against Deepak,co-accused Dinesh sent to police custody

With no other complainant coming forward to lodge a case in the DDA flat allotment scam,the Economic Offences Wing has registered two fresh FIRs against “whistleblower” Deepak Kumar...

With no other complainant coming forward to lodge a case in the DDA flat allotment scam,the Economic Offences Wing has registered two fresh FIRs against “whistleblower” Deepak Kumar under the penal provisions of cheating,forgery and conspiracy and got another day to interrogate him.

Dinesh,a co-accused in one of the FIRs,was also sent to three days’ police custody.

In a recent development,the EOW registered two FIRs against Deepak,who allegedly filled 1200 forms for the applicants under the Scheduled Castes (SC) category. The first FIR was lodged on January 17,in which he has been charged with forging a pan card. As per the EOW,during the search of his house at Paschim Vihar,two pan cards,one in the name of “Deepak Kumar” and another in the name of “Deepak Singh” were recovered.

Though the parentage was same,the cards bore different dates of birth,as revealed by the documents submitted with the National Securities Depository Ltd at Mumbai. The second FIR,apart from Deepak,names Dinesh as the co-accused. Registered on Monday,the FIR claims that Dinesh was working on the instructions of Deepak and had opened an account with the Punjab & Sind Bank using a fake name,“Rajiv Kumar.” However,the account opening form carried the picture and signature of Dinesh. A forged Election I-Card,issued on a non-existing address in Najafgarh,was submitted to open the account.

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Raju Ram,who had financed Rs 9 lakh to Deepak,for applying in the scheme,was allegedly issued two cheques bearing the signature of Dinesh from this account to settle the loan. These cheques bounced owing to insufficient funds in the account.

The EOW has claimed that Deepak,during interrogation,had disclosed details of the bogus account and also revealed the complicity of Dinesh,leading to the latter’s arrest on Monday from Dwarka.

Seeking police custody for the two,the prosecution contended that various sham documents,used in opening this account,were to yet to be recovered and the details of others who helped in the said act were also to be known. “Dinesh has admitted that he was following the instruction of Deepak all through and he gave the original cheque book and pass book to him. These documents also have to be recovered,” argued the prosecution before the court.

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The defence counsel for both the accused opposed the plea for police custody and said that they had already been in their custody for long (Deepak was produced after an 8-day police custody in the main case) and whatever was to be recovered,had been recovered.

The court,which had earlier sent Deepak to judicial custody till January 31 in the main case and the case relating to forgery of pan cards,deemed it right to give a day for his custodial interrogation in the third case pertaining to the bogus bank account.

Further noting that not accepting the prosecution’s request could hamper the investigation,the court also allowed three days’ police custody of Dinesh. Notably,despite the EOW’s appeal to the general public to come forward and a lodge complaint against those who coerced or threatened them to give particulars for applying in the draw,the department has only one complainant,Raghubir Singh. Apart from Deepak,alleged mastermind M L Gautam,Laxmi Narain Meena and Raju Ram have been named as accused in the main case.

First published on: 21-01-2009 at 03:53:40 am
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