Court orders formal charging of former DDA official

April 8th, 2008 - 10:18 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) A city court Tuesday ordered formal framing of charges against former Delhi Development Authority (DDA) vice-chairman Subahsh Sharma for allowing a lift to be installed illegally in a commercial complex here. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge I.K. Kochhar held Sharma, alleged middleman Dharambir Khattar, Ved Prakash Kaushik, Pradeep Kapoor and Anil Wadhwa guilty in the case. They are likely to be charged April 16, the next date of hearing.

All of them can be booked under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.

The CBI unearthed the scam in 2003 and filed four corruption cases in which several prominent people, including the then Delhi High Court sitting judge Shamit Mukherjee, were involved.

The probe agency, which was keeping a tab on the alleged links of the judge with some middlemen and government officials, had intercepted 25 calls among the accused for installing the unauthorised lift at Mahavira Tower complex at Pashchim Vihar in west Delhi.

According to the CBI, the then DDA vice-chairman Sharma had connived with middlemen Khattar, Kapoor, a partner in APY Hotelier and Developers, and Wadhwa for getting the DDA clearance to install the lift.

The CBI filed a charge-sheet in the case July 15, 2004.

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