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Police begins inquiry into DDA scam

When news papers and channels reported irregularities and the possibility of a scam in the allotment of 5,010 houses in the recent DDA mega-housing scheme, the Delhi Police swung into action on Saturday, with sources claiming the role of specific property dealers had hit their radar with the investigators also looking into the possible involvement of DDA functionaries as well as officials of a leading bank.

The police is expecting to get leads from the questioning a chartered accountant, who is believed to have facilitated the loans from banks and for fictitious applicants some of whom got the flats, sources said.

The CA, whose name is being withheld by this newspaper due to the sensitive nature of investigation, works for a Chandigarh-based finance company. He was questioned for more than five hours by crime branch sleuths on Saturday. The CA has provided a list of all those he `helped' in applying for the DDA scheme, sources in the Delhi police said.

"He told us that his company was outsourced the job by a Chandigarh-based firm and had facilitated loans from 12 branches of different banks in Delhi. He claimed to have helped over 1,000 people in filing the application forms," a senior police source told TOI.

Police said that they are examining the documents furnished by him. The Chandigarh-based finance company mentioned by the CA, is also being contacted, police claimed.

Meanwhile, a team of crime branch officers also met the complainant Udit Raj, head the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, who had filed a specific complaint about a nexus of realtors and officials working to corner houses reserved for SCs and STs by filing hoax applications.

Udit Raj, who was examined in detail by the cops, is believed to have provided leads. "He claimed to have written to 150 persons of ST category, whose names were allegedly used to apply for the scheme. We have asked for the details of all the 150 individuals who he contacted," said a senior police officer.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police, which is probing the matter, has also written to DDA housing authorities and asked them to furnish information regarding all those who had applied under SC/ST categories along with all those who were finally allotted the flats in these categories.

"We have also asked DDA to furnish information regarding those who have applied through a leading bank in this category as it was alleged that some officials of the bank were also involved. However, it will be too early to comment on the entire nature and dimensions of fraud as it can be a single case also," said a police officer.

Being a weekend when the agency remains closed, DDA spokesperson could not confirm whether the authority had received any intimation from the police but said it would hold a press conference on Monday to address the issue.

Source: TOI


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