Four persons were arrested by the Crime Branch for posing as Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officers and cheating persons to the tune of Rs 3.83 crore on the pretext of allotting DDA plots. Police are probing the role of DDA officials in the racket that was being run on DDA property.
The accused have been identified as Naveen Kumar (41),Ajay Kumar (36),Shailender Bhatia (53) and Padam Singh (53).
Investigation into the case began after police received a complaint that one Padam Singh alias Masterji had met the complainant in 2012 and projected himself as an employee of the Sub Registrar Office. He befriended the complainant and later introduced him to one Prem Shankar Sharma,a class IV employee in the DDA. Prem,however,was introduced as an assistant director with the DDA,police said.
According to police,Prem,who was the mastermind of the racket,lured his victims to pay for allotment of plots in Paschim Vihar at official rates under the Nazrul Act. The accused,police said,cheated their victims by promising them allotment of flats in Madhu Vihar,Yamuna Vihar and Paschim Vihar. The complainant told police that he had been cheated into paying Rs 1.27 crore for a plot.
Police said Prem was a union leader of the DDA employees union and he had managed to collect information of vacant DDA plots in different colonies. His associate Padam Singh runs a shop near the DDA headquarters in INA. He helped Prem lure victims and get them to pay for vacant plots,which were later allotted to them on the basis of forged documents,police said.
Padam Singh would introduce Prem as an assistant director of DDA and Ajay Kumar as the deed writer. They would prepare forged documents of DDA,including the allotment and demand letters and give it to their victims. The victims were asked to deposit one part of the amount through bank drafts and the remaining was taken by the accused on the pretext of stamp duty,registration fee,mutation fee,miscellaneous charges and their share in the fictitious process, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav said.
Police said the accused organised fraudulent registrations,which included taking photographs of the victims in the DDA premises. After they received the amount,one of them would pose as the DDA engineer and visit the vacant plot with the victim to hand over the physical possession.
Police said by the time the victims learnt of the fraud,it was too late. They would find out about the fraud only when they went to sell the plots to a buyer. Only when the next buyer would contact DDA to check the documents and records,would be the cheating be exposed, a senior police officer said.
Prem,who was arrested last year and is now in Tihar Jail,has 17 cases of cheating registered against him while Shailender has eight.
Yadav said,Some officials of the DDA are under the scanner and their role is being investigated. They acted as conduits/ facilitators for the criminals/ cheats,providing them with official stationery. Some more arrests are likely in this case.