One more arrested in DDA housing scam (Lead)

January 11th, 2009 - 10:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) A Delhi-based financer was arrested Sunday for his alleged involvement in the irregularities in the allotment of over 5,000 flats by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), taking the total arrests to two.”Deepak Kumar, 34, is a resident of west Delhi’s Pashchim Vihar area. He was questioned Saturday night after which he was released. He was arrested Sunday afternoon,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) S.B.K. Singh told IANS.

“He is responsible for the planning and execution of the whole fraud. We are also conducting raids at various places,” Singh said.

Deepak is a financer and arranges money, said a police official.

The Delhi Police EOW is conducting investigations into the case.

Delhi Police Friday arrested Laxmi Narayan Meena, a resident of Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu, on charges of cheating, forgery and impersonation. He was presented before a court Saturday and was remanded into eight-day police custody.

Meena, a former State Bank of India employee, was arrested 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 permanent account number (PAN) card.

Meena had allegedly applied for DDA flats in the names of several people in his village, the police told the court.

The investigating officer submitted that three other accused whose names cropped up in the probe - Deepak, Suresh and Narender - were yet to be arrested and Meena’s questioning was needed for this purpose.

Meanwhile, police sources said searches were conducted at several places in the national capital and Rajasthan in connection with the case. Police also took Meena to the village from where he collected details of applicants, they said.

More arrests were likely over the next couple of days, they added.

“Raids were conducted at premises of property dealers in Delhi after Meena’s interrogation,” a police official said but refused to provide details.

The official said police were looking into a possible role of any DDA official in the alleged “rigging” in the DDA draw.

When asked, Singh refused to comment whether police are looking at involvement of any DDA officials in the scam.

The police have also seized the software DDA used for the draw of lots for over 5,000 flats in the national capital and sent it to a forensic laboratory in Hyderabad to find out whether it was tampered with to help rig the draw.

A case under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with cheating by impersonation and forgery has been lodged.

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