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Housing scam just tip of iceberg: police

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2009 23:32 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police said M.L. Gautam, retired DDA official who was arrested on Thursday, had obtained information about Scheduled Caste (SC) category applicants from UP, Haryana and Delhi.

Police said they do not rule out involvement of other “similar parallel rackets” in the housing scheme.

With the arrests of Gautam and Raju Ram, a property dealer, police said they are certain that there is a scam in the SC category. Till now, the police were working on evidence of forgery of application in ST category.

Gautam had managed to get allotment of 40 flats under the SC category and had even made his son sign an agreement with successful allottees stating that they (the allottees) have transferred the property in his name for Rs 1 lakh each. Police said they were also probing connivance of his son and could arrest him.

The police also did not rule out Gautam’s involvement in the last draw conducted by the development authority in 2006.

Eight more identified
The police are on the lookout of eight more people, including property dealers, for their involvement in the scam. Officials from the EOW said they were conducting raids at different places in Delhi to nab them.

“We have not arrested anyone yet,” said SBK Singh, additional CP (EOW).

Documents recovered from Gautam’s house
During a raid conducted at the Peeragarhi house of M.L. Gautam, the police recovered 1,200 application forms of SC persons. Of the total, 1,160 forms belonged to unsuccessful candidates as Gautam had managed to get 40 flats.

The police also recovered loan receipts, copy of cheques, possession transfer letter, general power of attorney (GPA),
agreement for appointment of arbitrator, rent agreement, etc.

Gautam invested Rs 65 lakh
“Investigations revealed that he spent Rs 65 lakh in purchasing application forms. He managed to get 40 flats in the draw and was planning to sell them further at high rates,” said a senior police officer.

Officials under scanner
Police said role of DDA officials is also under the scanner. The police are also trying to ascertain whether the scamsters tried to target the general category.