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Deepak Kumar,arrested for his role in the multi-crore DDA (Delhi Development Authority) flat allotment scam...

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi | Published: January 13, 2009 3:14:06 am

Deepak Kumar,arrested for his role in the multi-crore DDA (Delhi Development Authority) flat allotment scam,was involved in the fraud right from the beginning — when the DDA announced the flat scheme six months back. Sources said that Kumar had filled forms of 366 applicants in his own hand and had forwarded them to DDA.

“He collected,filled and then deposited the forms,” said SBK Singh,Additional Commissioner of Police,Economic Offences Wing (EOW).

During the raid at Deepak Kumar’s residence in Paschim Vihar,EOW officials found some forged documents related to banks and two PAN cards belonging to applicants,said sources. Police are verifying all the 366 forms filled by him. Sources added that Deepak and Suresh Kumar Meena (who is absconding) together approached most of the applicants in

Rajasthan. An officer analysing the forms said they appear to have many similarities.

“The pattern of filling up the form and the handwriting is almost the same,” said an officer. About the first complaint filed at the Malviya Nagar police station giving information of the DDA scam,a police officer said,“The Udit Raj’s claim that he had complained to the Malviya Nagar police station is false. Actually,the call to the police control room was made by none other than Suresh.”

Officials said why he decided to complain is being probed,but they are sure that he conspired with others.

Sources said that they have identified several people who had connived with him but most are absconding.

“The scam was planned at the stage when the DDA announced the scheme. Property dealers contacted Deepak. We are conducting raids in Gurgaon and Delhi. We will also take Deepak to Jhunjhunu on Tuesday to verify all those applicants whose forms were filled by him,” said a senior police officer. When asked why Deepak turn whistleblower when he is among the planners,SBK Singh said,“That you have to ask him. We have strong evidence for his arrest and we know that he was involved from initial planning in the scheme. We cannot share evidence with you.”

Also,on DDA officials’ role in the scam,Singh said that nothing could be said at the moment since investigations were on.

‘Whistleblower can’t be absolved of offences’
A subsequent change of heart will not serve to absolve a man of his offences committed in the past,said a city court on Monday as it allowed eight days’ custodial interrogation of the “whistleblower” in the DDA scam,Deepak Kumar.

Taking a stern stand on the defence counsel’s plea that his arrest was not justified after he blew the lid off the scam,Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Digvinay Singh said,“An accused cannot claim amnesty merely because he filed complaints. The offences committed are serious and cognizable.” Kumar has been remanded to police custody till January 20.

The court observed that prima facie it appeared that Kumar fell out and decided to complain only on account of disputes with his other co-accused.

The court also relied on the EOW’s contention that various incriminating documents,including a list of 366 applicants mentioning particulars of the ST category,blank ICICI loan application forms,pay-in slips,photocopies of the application forms and sham PAN cards with different surnames were recovered during from his house.

Also,allowing the second application of the EOW,the court issued a search warrant against Kumar’s office in the Janakpuri district centre.

Meanwhile,Kumar’s counsel also filed his bail application,which will be taken up by the court on January 20,when his police custody is over.

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