Two more arrested in DDA flat allotment scam (Second Lead)

January 15th, 2009 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) A property dealer and a retired Delhi Development Authority (DDA) employee were arrested Thursday for their alleged role in a billowing scandal in the allotment of 5,000 flats in the capital.Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) arrested Raju Ram, a Dwarka-based property dealer. He worked in close coordination with M.L. Gautam, a former DDA employee, who was arrested Thursday morning, EOW sources said.

They were produced in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Digvinay Singh, who sent Gautam to eight-day police custody and Raju Ram to two-day custody.

With this, four people are in the police net in this case that has shocked people for its brazenness in which government employees sought to make a killing with fraudulent allotment of apartments in collusion with real estate brokers.

Gautam retired from the DDA’s telephone exchange department in 2005.

“Gautam, who was arrested earlier in the day, had filed over 1,200 applications by obtaining the details of applicants under categories reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 40 flats were allocated against these,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) S.B.K. Singh told reporters.

“Gautam told us that he managed to get 40 such flats from the 1,200 applications. Most of the applications Gautam filled are in the name of people from Uttar Pradesh, especially Bulandshahar,” he said.

“We have not got full information. It is a huge case and requires detailed and intensive interrogation and investigation,” Singh said.

“We have several leads. The investigation will take time but we would take the case to a logical conclusion. No one would be spared and all angles will be probed.”

The investigation into the case has already led police to Rajasthan, Jharkhand and northeast, the sources added.

Singh also appealed to all applicants, successful or not, to send them a complaint if they felt they were cheated or their names were used by someone else.

Asked if the draw of lots, held last month, would be cancelled, Singh refused to comment and said, “It is the decision of the DDA and is out of our jurisdiction.”

In court, police said Gautam had told them he had arranged the funds required for filing the applications forms.

It also informed the court that they were also looking for Suresh Kumar Meena, a real estate agent who worked for Gautam.

Gautam’s name had cropped up during the interrogation of Deepak Kumar, arrested this week.

According to police, Gautam befriended Deepak Kumar - both lived in west Delhi’s Paschim Vihar - during morning walks. Deepak Kumar, a law graduate, reportedly told Gautam that he was applying for flats in the reserved Scheduled Castes category.

Gautam apparently advised him that the chances of getting a flat in the Scheduled Tribes category were better and he should apply in that category. Gautam was also promised some share of the money, police say.

Deepak Kumar went to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and along with Lakshmi Narayan Meena, already in police custody, collected information of over 200 villagers for making false applications, police said.

“We are inquiring into the source of Gautam’s funds for filing applications. The role of some bank officials have also come under the scanner,” said a police officer.

Police Tuesday took from DDA CDs containing the details of over 566,000 applicants for further examination. They earlier seized the hardware of the computer used for the controversial draw of lots.

Both the hardware and CDs are being examined at

The Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Hyderabad has been examining the hardware and the CDs.

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