After dodging the police for nearly two months, Suresh Kumar, one of the main accused in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) housing scam 2008, was arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Thursday night.
Suresh Kumar alias Surendra Singh was arrested from Dhaula Kuan when he was reportedly planning to board a bus for Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. On Tuesday, a city court had declared him a proclaimed offender after he dodged arrest despite non-bailable warrants against him a month ago.
The police said if required, they would bring him face-to-face with the five persons already arrested in the case.
Kumar, a property dealer, had reportedly pumped in Rs 39 lakh along with Vijay Patanjali, another property dealer, to buy the application forms under the reserved category.
The police said Kumar, a resident of CD Block, Shalimar Bagh, was running an office from Jaina Towers in Janakpuri. Deepak Kumar, the whistleblower who has been arrested in the case, was managing the application forms from this office.
“The accused owns a house in Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and was planning to flee there when we arrested him. In September last year, Kumar had accompanied the other accused in the case to Jhunjhunu and collected information of people in the reserved category. They forged application forms with these details and cornered several flats,” said Amulya Patnaik, Joint Commissioner of Police (crime).
Kumar was produced in a city court on Friday and sent to seven days police custody.
“We will interrogate him to find out the extent to which he was involved in the scam. He reportedly sold his flat to arrange the money for the application forms,” said the officer. Police said so far 4,500 persons in the general category have replied to the questionnaires sent by the EOW. Police said they were examining those replies and if they don’t get a response from the remaining applicants, they would initiate legal proceedings against them.
“We have written to the officials concerned in Hyderabad and have asked them to send us the forensic report,” said the officer.