Court sends two DDA scam accused to police custody

January 20th, 2009 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) A city court Tuesday sent two accused in the DDA flat allotment scam, Deepak Kumar and Dinesh, to police custody but for varying periods.Deepak Kumar, who was arrested earlier this month, was sent to a day’s police custody after the police filed yet another case against him, even as Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Digvinay Singh sent him to 11-day judicial remand till Jan 31 in the first case slapped against him.

Dinesh, a commission agent who was arrested Tuesday, was sent to three days’ police custody.

A total of five people have so far been arrested for the alleged irregularities in the allotment of over 5,000 flats.

The court Tuesday allowed the police to interrogate Deepak for 10 minutes in regard to another FIR.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police told the court that two fresh FIRs have been lodged against Deepak.

The police said that during investigation, five PAN (permanent account number) cards were recovered from Deepak - three in his name, one in the name of his company and one in his sister’s name.

In the second case, the police said Raju Ram, another accused who is in judicial custody, had given two cheques to Deepak Kumar and the account from which these cheques were issued belonged to a person named Rajiv Kumar.

The police said it was Dinesh whose photograph was on the bank account form of Rajiv Kumar.

Deepak Kumar allegedly blew the lid off the scam after he fell out with some fellow real estate agents.

Retired DDA employee M.L. Gautam, real estate agent Raju Ram and Laxmi Narayan Meena have already been arrested.

The draw of lots for allotting flats, priced between Rs.700,000 to Rs.7.7 million, took place Dec 16.

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

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