A Delhi court has framed charges against 7 people, including former Delhi assembly canteen contractor, Ashok Malhotra and five Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials for their involvement in fraudulent plot allotments in the multi-crore Molarband and Dheerpur land scam.
Asserting that there was "sufficient evidence" to warrant framing of these charges, Special CBI judge AK Mendiratta said that the accused persons were charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.
DDA officials Kheman Singh Verma, Jeet Ram Gaur, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Shyam Babu and Sunil Kumar Sharma were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
During 2000-2002, the residents of Hudson Line hutments were to be re-settled under a DDA scheme and each resident family was to be given a plot in Dheerpur Phase-1 and Nehru Vihar.
A number of these plots were allotted in the names of fictitious persons, using forged documents and the possession of these was handed over to Malhotra. These plots were then illegally sold at higher prices.
The CBI has filed 16 charge sheets covering fictitious allotment of plots under Resettlement Scheme of Slum & JJ Department and Scheme for Redevelopment of Kingsway Camp area.
Directing the CBI and the DDA to take steps to further prevent the transfer of these fraudulently allotted plots, the court said, "It is a matter of concern that the allotments were made to fictitious persons and the plots were further transferred to innocent purchasers. If the allotment to the initial allottee itself was fraudulent, no valid title could be legally passed to the subsequent purchasers."
The court also dictated that a public notification be issued regarding the 17 plots that were fraudulently allotted along with a report on the follow up by DDA vice-chairman on September 7.