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MCD orders probe into officials' cover-up

delhi Updated: Aug 04, 2007 13:42 IST

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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has ordered a vigilance probe into reports that its officials were involved in a cover-up operation in connection with the multi-crore land scam involving contractor Ashok Malhotra, officials on Saturday said.

"Municipal Commissioner AK Nigam has asked the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) to conduct a probe into the matter and submit the report within one week," an official spokesperson said.

He has also asked that all relevant records pertaining to the case be sealed, the spokesperson said.

Malhotra had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with five DDA officials to fraudulently acquire the plots in Dhirpur area that were meant for resettlement of slum dwellers during 2000-02.

The CBI was in the process of classifying "thousands and thousands" of documents recovered during raids on July 27 and August two at Malhotra's residential premises in Mukherjee Nagar and other places.

Sources said this would take three to four days, after which the investigators would be able to ascertain the exact extent of the scam involving fraudulent sale of plots meant for rehabilitation of slum dwellers.

Searches at the residential premises of Malhotra have revealed that he was in possession of 17 luxury cars having VIP number plates, Rs 17 lakh cash and about seven kg of gold.