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delhi Updated: Jan 06, 2009 00:29 IST
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The Delhi Development Authority wants to get on with it, but the police and the urban development ministry are not convinced the recent allotment of flats by a draw of lots was above board.

While DDA’s housing commissioner Asma Manzar said at a news conference on Monday the draw was “100 per cent fool proof”, Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy ordered an internal inquiry into the allotment.

And the city police sent the Income Tax department a notice asking it to cooperate in the investigation of allegations of fraud and rigging against the allotment of flats – 5,238 spread over various parts of Delhi.

The police want to know from the tax department how some applications that were made using forged documents had copies of PAN cards issued by the IT department. The police are also looking at the software used for draw.

Allegations of fraud pertain mostly to the 25 per cent of the 5,238 flats reserved for people from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, widows and those physically challenged.

Minister of state for urban development Ajay Maken had on Sunday said the allotment was being frozen till the process was cleared from allegations of fraud and rigging. The situation still holds.

“This might delay the process of handing over allotment letters by a month,” Manzar said, adding, “Earlier we had decided to carry out verification between January 1 and 15. Now we have extended it by another 15 days.”

“It’s only after that, maybe from February onwards, that we will issue possession letter,” said the housing commissioner.
The authority claimed there was nothing wrong with the allotment and that frauds –– if there are any –– would be detected during the screening of application forms of the successful applicants, as is the process.

“It is not possible for us to verify each form in detail. We just do a basic scrutiny to see if all papers (PAN, identification proof and address) are in place before entering them in the lottery.”

DDA rejected 130 application forms during this preliminary checking where same individuals had applied more than once. 1,633 forms were rejected on grounds that more than one person per family had applied.

Meanwhile, Indian Justice Party president Udit Raj, whose complaint has led to these investigations, demanded a CBI inquiry. “When we alerted the authorities on October 31, they should have started an inquiry. Why did they conduct the draw of lots? They had a month to conduct the verification. We demand a CBI enquiry into the case.”

DDA said it has not received any complaint from Raj.