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Whistles against ‘whistleblower’

As the plot thickens in the DDA housing scheme-turned-scam,fingers are now beginning to point towards self-confessed whistleblower Deepak Kumar,arrested on Sunday evening by the Economic Offences Wing.

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi | Published: January 13, 2009 2:36:27 am

Those accused by Deepak Kumar of making threat calls claim he has been a swindler for long

As the plot thickens in the DDA housing scheme-turned-scam,fingers are now beginning to point towards self-confessed whistleblower Deepak Kumar,arrested on Sunday evening by the Economic Offences Wing.

Kumar had alleged a few days before his arrest that he was receiving threat calls from fellow property dealers embroiled in the scam. Following his trail,Newsline found Kumar had his finger in many pies,according to the ‘property dealers’ he has accused.

In a written complaint to Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal on January 9,Kumar had claimed he was receiving death threats from one Narender Kumar,a Karnal resident. On Monday Narender told Newsline: “Yes,I called him repeatedly,as did my brother,because Deepak Kumar had cheated us. I met him a few months ago in Karnal while trying to get a visa to the United Kingdom. Kumar told me he arranges visas and could arrange for not just a visa but a job in the UK as well.”

Narender claims Kumar told him he was a property dealer who occasionally helped people get visa. “I was hesitant to believe him at first — after all,how can you give money to strangers?” Narender asked. “But he made me speak to somebody in London. He said he worked out of Jaina Towers in Janakpuri.”

Narender claims he bought the promises and gave Deepak Kumar Rs 6 lakh over the next two months — to get a working visa and a job in the UK. Narender said he and his brother Vijay,also accused by Kumar of making threat calls,repeatedly rang up Kumar to get their money back.

“I have filed a complaint against Deepak with the Karnal police,” he said.

Deepak Kumar’s former landlord in Paschim Vihar,Paramjeet Singh Mann,also accused Kumar of cheating him — co-accused Laxmi Narayan Meena gave Newsline the address to this house. “He vacated our house some six months ago and left behind an electricity bill worth Rs 16,000,” Mann said. “After repeated calls he sent a cheque but it bounced.”

Neighbours in this Paschim Vihar locality called him as a “dubious character”. O P Banwari,president of the RWA,said,“We did not know him very well but he seemed suspicious. He did no work and left a huge bill for his landlord (Mann).”

Other ‘threat callers’
Suresh Chowdhary: C&D 230,Shalimar Bagh

Deepak has accused Chowdhary of being involved in the scam and threatening him once he approached police. Newsline found the house locked today. “It’s been locked for the last three days. We do not know what he does and where he has gone,” a neighbour who identified as “Mrs Meena”,said. Other neighbours said EOW officials also found it locked on Sunday.

Rakesh Grover: 27 NWA Road,West Punjabi Bagh
Kumar had also taken Grover’s name. The address has been given to the police by Kumar but Newsline found that no one by the name of Grover lives there — one Bharat Bhushan claimed he has been living there for more than five years.

Suresh K Meena: B-5/312,Rohini,Sector-3)
Both Kumar and activist Udit Raj Meena has accused Meena of involvement in the scam. Newsline found it is a vacant plot. A local property dealer (name withheld on request) said Meena moved out two months ago. “He sold the house; the new owner has torn it down.”

‘Not aware of other complaints against Deepak Kumar
Udit Raj today said he had no way of knowing the extent of Kumar’s involvement in the DDA housing scam. “I knew he was involved with the scam in its initial stages but that was because he wanted to reveal what was going on. Instead of accusing and arresting him,the police should make him a state witness or approver so that it is easier for them to prosecute those who are really guilty,” Raj said. “I am not aware of any other complaints against Deepak — he came to my office,like others,and told me everything he knew about the scam.”

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