January 17, 2009 12:27:37 am
Investigators probing the DDA scam now plan to send a team to Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh with arrested ex-DDA official M L Gautam after it emerged that many applications were sent in with the names of people from the district.
The police said Gautam,64,who retired from DDAs telephone department in 2004,had allegedly filed some 1,200 application forms for flats reserved for SC/ST applicants and managed to win 40 in the draw of lots.
Meanwhile,Deepak Kumar,the property dealer and the first complainant in the case who was arrested earlier this week,would be taken to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan for further interrogations there.
Besides Gautam and Deepak Kumar,the Economic Offences Wing,which is probing the case,has till date arrested L N Meena,a suspended bank official from Jhunjhunu and Raju Ram,a Dwarka-based real estate agent.
Several documents,including details of some 1,200 applications and power of attorneys,have been seized from Gautams house in Paschim Vihar,officials said. Sources said Gautam had allegedly procured power of attorneys from successful allottees in the name of his relatives,including son Rakesh.
Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said at a press conference today that inquiries in the scam are still in the initial stage and that the police want to get to the bottom of the case before making any recommendations about cancellation of allotments. We are going step by step so that no loophole is left, Dadwal said. We are probing it from all angles.
Hundreds of successful applicants of DDA’s housing scheme on Friday demonstrated outside the DDA headquarters at ITO demanding an early start of the process of handing over of flats to genuine allottees. Demanding stringent action against those involved in the irregularities,the protesters said innocent and genuine applicants should not be punished along with those who are at fault.
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