Delhi Police questioning two more people in DDA flat scam

January 17th, 2009 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) The police here are questioning at least two more people in connection with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flat allotment scam while looking for a chartered accountant who is also suspected to be involved, police sources said Saturday. “A chartered accountant Manish Kumar is being questioned here. Meanwhile an accountant, Alok Kumar, is being questioned at Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district from where the conspirators had acquired details of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) people for filing applications,” the sources added.

“Manish allegedly helped in getting the loan applications cleared. Alok arranged forged documents for acquiring permanent account number (PAN) cards,” they said.

The draw for over 5,200 flats ranging in cost from Rs.700,000 to Rs.7.7 million took place Dec 16.

The Delhi Police started investigating the case after a man who was allotted a flat in the draw of lots told the police that he had neither applied for a DDA flat nor had a PAN card.

Four people have been arrested in the case till now, including a retired DDA employee M.L. Gautam. He had allegedly filed around 1,200 application forms for flats earmarked for SC/STs and got 40 in the draw of lots.

Gautam had told the police that 10 more people were involved in fudging applications and manipulating allotments of flats.

Meanwhile, teams of Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) have gone to Jhunjhunu and Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh for further investigations.

“The EOW sleuths are also planning to visit northeast states and Jharkhand for further investigation,” the sources said, adding the police were also looking for another chartered accountant whose details they got after Gautam’s questioning.

Sources revealed that following questioning of Deepak Kumar, who was a direct selling agent with two leading multinational banks, the police in an attempt to trace the chain of agents who could have supplied the conspirators with fraudulent ID and bank cards questioned agents belonging to three courier companies who have network across Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Meanwhile, a city court Saturday sent Raju Ram, a property dealer arrested for his alleged role in the controversial case, to 14 days judicial custody.

Raju Ram was arrested by EOW from Dwarka locality in Southwest Delhi on the disclosure statement of Deepak Kumar, a law graduate and another accused.

The police informed the court that money given by Raju Ram to Deepak Kumar, an accused, was taken on loan and he claimed to be a victim of this conspiracy.

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