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DDA scam: Cops widen probe,net 2 realtors

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has identified six more persons,including two agents from the city,for their involvement in the multi-crore DDA housing allotment scam.

Written by Mohit Sharma | New Delhi |
January 11, 2009 2:25:57 am

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has identified six more persons,including two agents from the city,for their involvement in the multi-crore DDA housing allotment scam.

The agents have been identified as Deepak and Suresh.

EOW sources said interrogation of Laxmi Narain Meena,the suspended bank official arrested from Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) on Friday,has revealed that these new suspects had provided money to some SC/ST applicants to lay hands on their original documents.

Meanwhile,the police have another resident of Jhunjunu,Ratanlal,who had allegedly helped Meena gather documents and information on people from the Meena community,has a witness.

EOW officials said Meena had taken information and documents of 177 villagers and turned them over to some Delhi-based property dealers. Seven of these 177 applicants won a house each in the DDA draw of lots under the reserved quota list,officials said.

According to sources,Meena had met the two Delhi-based agents,Deepak and Suresh,through one Nahar Singh,another Jhunjhunu resident. During interrogation of Meena and other Jhunjhunu residents,the investigators learnt that Meena was accompanied by two others in collecting documents,sources said.

Meanwhile,EOW officers today interrogated Deepak Kumar,the first complainant in the case,and have taken him in custody for further investigations.

Sources said Deepak,a property dealer,will also be taken to Bayana,Rajasthan. Meena,sources said,was taken to Kalu Sarai area in South Delhi where Deepak stays and the two were later interrogated jointly.

Officers said more arrests are likely,and that a team of investigators has gone to Rajasthan with Meena and Deepak for further investigations. “Though Deepak was the complainant in the matter,we suspect he is involved in the case as well,” a senior officer said.

Sources also said that Meena and his two accomplices had gone to the villages in Rajasthan in September 2008. “As per a few locals,Meena and two others had given between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000 to some of these people,” a source in the EOW said. “They took their Voter identity cards,ration cards,SC/ST certificates and residence proofs and told them that they would be paid by a few friend in Delhi to apply for the DDA scheme.”

Meanwhile,a separate team is verifying documents seized from DDA office and recovered from loan application form attached with complainants’ forms.

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