A city court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants against two property dealers who reportedly financed and forged application forms of people belonging to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) housing scheme 2008.
Police said they have identified “five more financiers” and were conducting raids to apprehend them.
M.L. Gautam, the DDA clerk who was arrested, has named these five financiers. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) moved an application in a city court against the two accused — Suresh Kumar Meena and Vijay Kumar. Police said they have information that the duo filled up 650 applications and had bagged 11 flats under the ST category at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. The numbers could go up.
“As of now we have definite information about Rs 39 lakh. They (Meena and Kumar) could have invested more money,” said S.B.K. Singh, additional commissioner of police (EOW). Police said they conducted raids at the residence and offices of both but have not been able to trace them.
Meena is a resident of Rohini and Kumar a resident of CD Block in Shalimar Bagh. They had an office at Jaina Towers in Janakpuri.
Deepak Kumar, the whistleblower who has been arrested, was managing the forms from this office.
It was Meena and Deepak Kumar who went to Jhunjhunu and got details of local ST people. They took the help of Laxmi Narayan Meena, a local politician and a former bank employee, who has also been arrested.
On January 3, police had got in touch with Meena and asked him to join the investigations. The case was at an initial stage then and the police were only probing the complaint. “We called him for interrogation when his name surfaced. He never came to us and has been evading his arrest,” said a senior police officer.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad’s Central Forensic Laboratory has asked the police to hand over the computer server used by the DDA for drawing of lots on December 16.