16 Jan : Delhi Police is planning to send a team to Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh after it came to light that a retired DDA employee, who was arrested in the flat fraud case, applied for the dwellings in the name of people from that district.M L Gautam (64), who retired from DDA’s telephone department in 2004, had allegedly filed around 1,200 application forms for flats earmarked for SC/STs and got 40 in the draw of lots.Majority of the applications Gautam filed were in the name of people from Uttar Pradesh, especially Bulandshahar."We are sending a team to Bulandshahr to track applicants and allottees of DDA flats as Gautam’s interrogation has revealed that he had applied in the name of people from this UP town," a senior police official said.
Gautam was arrested on Thursday following his alleged involvement in the alleged conspiracy along with property dealers to corner DDA flats reserved for SC/STs by applying in the name of people belonging to these communities.
Besides Gautam, three others who were allegedly involved in the fraud were also arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.According to police, it was Gautam who allegedly gave the idea of cornering DDA flats and then selling it for high prices to Deepak Kumar, a law graduate who was arrested, and others.
Police have seized a number of documents, including details of around 1,200 applications and power of attorneys from Gautam’s residence.Sources said Gautam had allegedly procured power of attorneys from successful allottees in the name of his relatives including his son Rakesh.
Sources said Gautam allegedly entered into an agreement with many of the applicants that they should give possession of flats to him if allotted and he will pay Rs one lakh in return.
Gautam was allegedly funded by eight persons, including some property dealers, they said adding a hunt is on to nab them.There were reports that a serving DDA official and a former employee are also under the scanner of police in the case but there was no official confirmation in this regard.
Police have already taken possession of CDs containing the details of over 5.67 applicants from the DDA on Tuesday for further examination.This move comes close on the heels of sleuths seizing the hardware of the computer used for controversial draw of lots for DDA flats.
"Both the hardware and CDs are being examined at the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Hyderabad," the official said.He said this was part of investigations to ascertain whether any DDA official is involved in committing the irregularities.
Widening the scope of probe into the irregularities in the allotment of DDA flats, police have also started examining applications submitted by people from North-Eastern states, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.