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Latest accused is Haryana printer

delhi Updated: Jan 24, 2009 00:41 IST

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THE LATEST catch in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) housing scam is a printing press owner from Haryana. The accused has been identified as Satbir Singh, a resident of Bahadurgarh.

He reportedly helped Dinesh Drall, a direct sales agent and the fourth person to be arrested in the case, open a bank account with the help of fake voter ID cards printed at his press.

Singh was also in touch with Deepak Kumar, the whistleblower in the case who has already been arrested.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police arrested the printing press owner after his name cropped up during Drall's interrogation.

“We have also found some fake election cards from his possession and would be investigating further,” said SBK Singh, additional CP (EOW).

Police said the accused used to prepare fake election identity cards at his printing press.

Raju Ram, a property dealer who was arrested in the case, had received two cheques worth Rs 4.5 lakh each from Drall’s account at the behest of Deepak Kumar. A separate case was registered in this regard.

Police to check ‘draw software’

The EOW is awaiting reports from the Central Forensics Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad, to ascertain whether the draw of lot for the housing scam was rigged.

The computer science department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, certified the software used for the draw.

The police said once they get the forensic report of the software, they would call the institute to understand the modalities of the software. “I have not been approached by the police nor I have been given any kind of notice yet,” said Professor S.N. Maheshwari, IIT Delhi.

Meanwhile, the police failed to get any complaint from residents of Bulandshahr in UP whose names and other information was used to corner flats.

Retired DDA clerk M.L. Gautam had used their name and details to get flats under the reserved category.