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DDA scam: Judge saw a cottage industry of writ petitions

Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 31, 2013
First Published: 01:30 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:32 IST(31/7/2013)

What the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) overlooked over the years in the allotment of cancelled flats, could not escape the eye of a Delhi high court judge.

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A CBI probe, reported by HT on Tuesday, has found that around 150 DDA flats were allotted on rates as old as 15 years on the pretext that their allotment letters were sent on wrong address. Later, some of these flats were sold in open market at rates ranging between Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 1 crore.

Sources say in many cases, the Delhi high court was moved to get flats allotted at old rates. But in one case, justice Manmohan got suspicious and ordered a CBI probe in the matter.

Alarmed with the frequency of writ petitions filed to claim that the DDA neglected pleas to send demand letter at the correct address of an applicant, Justice Manmohan said 'writ petitions alleging intimation of at the wrong address are virtually a 'mini cottage industry'.

The judge said since at least one party was not telling the truth, the court is of the view that it is necessary to get the matter investigated to get to the bottom of the controversy.

A DDA spokesperson on Tuesday claimed that so far the CBI investigation is limited to only allotment of just three flats. The spokesperson also said a complaint regarding the connivance of DDA officials with property dealers alleging revival of allotment in cancelled cases was received in 2008 by the CBI, the Central Vigilance Commission and the vigilance department of the DDA. But she didn't disclose the outcome of the DDA vigilance probe into the matter.

According to sources, around half a dozen DDA officials in connivance with property dealers targeted files of those flats whose allotment was cancelled due to non-deposit of the cost of the flat. Property dealers contacted the applicants and purchased their old registration certificates, issued at the time of application for the flat, for Rs. 1 to Rs. 3 lakh.

Then, on behalf of these applicants, the dealers moved applications for fresh allotment with the DDA claiming they had changed their residential address and never received their allotment letters.


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