Delhi Police to send team to Bulandshahar in DDA fraud case

January 16th, 2009 - 11:14 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.16 (ANI): Delhi Police is likely to send a team to Bulandshahar city of Uttar Pradesh after learning that a retired Delhi Development Authority (DDA) employee, arrested in the flats-fraud case, had applied for houses in the name of residents from that district.
“We are sending a team to Bulandshahar to track applicants and allottees of DDA flats as Gautam’’s interrogation has revealed that he had applied in the name of people from this UP town,” a senior police official said.
Sixty-four-year-old M. L. Gautam, a former employee in DDA’’s telephone department in 2004, had allegedly filed about 1,200 application forms for flats meant for Schedule Cast and Schedule Tribes and got 40 in the draw of lots.
Most of the applications that Gautam filed were in the name of people from Uttar Pradesh, especially Bulandshahar. He was arrested on Thursday following his alleged involvement in the alleged conspiracy along with property dealers to corner DDA flats reserved for SC/STs by applying in the name of people belonging to these communities.
Three others, besides Gautam, who were allegedly involved in the fraud were also arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police’’s Crime Branch.
According to the police, Gautam allegedly gave the idea of cornering DDA flats and then selling it for high prices to Deepak Kumar, a law graduate who was arrested, and others.
Police have seized a number of documents, including details of around 1,200 applications and power of attorneys from Gautam’’s residence.
Sources said Gautam had allegedly procured power of attorneys from successful allottees in the name of his relatives including his son Rakesh.
Sources said Gautam allegedly entered into an agreement with many of the applicants that they should give possession of flats to him if allotted and he will pay Rs.100,000 in return.
Gautam was allegedly funded by eight persons, including some property dealers, they said adding a hunt is on to nab them.
Meanwhile, extending the scope of probe into the irregularities in the allotment of DDA flats, police have also started examining applications submitted by people from North-Eastern states, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. (ANI)

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