The freshest arrest in connection with the DDA housing scam was a direct selling agent of a bank, identified as Dinesh Drall. Interestingly, Drall was arrested at whistleblower Deepak Kumar’s instance.
However, police specified Drall was not involved in the scam but was arrested for opening a bank account on forged papers.
“We have arrested Dinesh Drall for allegedly opening a bank account in the name of one Rajiv on fake papers. From that account, Drall gave two cheques of Rs 4.5 lakh each to Deepak Kumar who in turn gave these as security money to Raju Ram, a property dealer. It was with this money the accused applied in the housing scheme in the reserved category," said additional Commissioner of Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) S.B.K. Singh.
Meanwhile, police said Kumar had attested the caste certificates of several Scheduled Tribe (ST) persons from Rajasthan whose details were used to apply for the flats.
These certificates were attached with the application forms of the ST persons and submitted to the DDA along with forged PAN cards.
Police are taking the help of “handwriting experts” to prove Kumar’s involvement in signing the caste certificates.
Teams sent to Aligarh
After failing to get any complaint from successful allottees under the Scheduled Caste (SC) category from Bulandshahar, a police team moved to Aligarh.
M.L. Gautam, the arrested retired DDA employee had used the information of 1,200 SC persons from Bulandshahar and Delhi and promised them Rs 1 lakh if they bagged a flat.
“We have also sent a team to Mumbai to collect the report about the documents submitted to make PAN cards by the accused,” said Singh. The EOW is questioning 10 more people.