As ironical as it may seem but the mastermind and another accused in the housing scam met for the first time in Vikas Sadan, the headquarter of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
During his questioning, Raju Ram, the property dealer who was arrested on Thursday, told the police that in 2007 he met M.L. Gautam at the agency's headquarters. He said the notaries who sit outside Vikas Sadan had introduced him to Gautam. Ram also said that he used to address Gautam as “uncle” and the duo had developed “family relations”.
“He had gone to Vikas Sadan for some work. A notary told him that if he wanted to invest in property then Gautam was the right person to get in touch with. The notary gave him Gautam’s visiting card and the two got in touch and started investing in real estate,” said a senior police officer.
On Friday the police raided Raju's office in Sector 12, Dwarka, and recovered some more documents. Raju told the police that Gautam had arranged many meetings with several officials at the agency’s headquarters where they would discuss property related matters.
“We have to ascertain whether the officials Gautam was in touch with have any role in the scam. So far we have not questioned any DDA official but if required we would interrogate them,” said SBK Singh, additional CP (EOW).
After he retired in 2004, Gautam planned the scam in the reserved category.
“Gautam exploited this loophole and planned to invest on the behalf of SC persons. He knew that there was a difference between the market price and DDA price and planned to take advantage of this difference,” said the officer.