A property dealer, suspected to have played a "crucial" role in the DDA flat allotment fraud, has finally landed in the police net after evading the sleuths for about two months.
Suresh Kumar Meena, a resident of Shalimar Bagh, was arrested yesterday by the Economics Offences Wing (EoW) of the Delhi Police from south-west Delhi's Dhaula Kuan, a senior police official said today.
The arrest came after police received inputs that Meena was leaving for Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu. "We spotted him at the Dhaula Kuan bus stop and he was arrested," the official said.
"He played a crucial role in the fraud. He induced people and pumped in a lot of money," the official said.
A total of eight persons were arrested following a probe into allegations that a cartel of property dealers had entered into a conspiracy to corner DDA flats reserved for SC/STs by fraudulently applying in the name of people belonging to these communities.
It was from Jhunjhunu that Meena and others allegedly collected details of people belonging to SC/ST community.
Meena was declared a proclaimed offender on Tuesday by a local court after police failed to arrest him. Earlier, another court had issued non-bailable warrants against him.
"Meena had been continuously evading the police for the past three months," the official said and alleged that he along with another property dealer who surrendered in the court pumped in around Rs 39 lakh in the fraud.
The DDA, on December 6, conducted a draw of lots for over 5,000 flats for which 5.67 lakh applications were considered. The EoW registered a total of three FIRs after allegations of rigging in the draw were made.
The police registered the first case on January 9 on a complaint of a Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) resident accusing L N Meena of obtaining his signatures on two forms after misleading him.
Later, two more cases were registered on January 17 and 19 invoking provisions of cheating, forgery, using forged documents as genuine and other sections of the IPC.