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Sacked SBI staffer suspect

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2009 00:24 IST

The team of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police, which is visiting Rajasthan to probe allegations of forgery and rigging in the DDA Housing Scheme 2008, is looking for a former employee of State Bank of India (SBI) based in the Jhunjhunu town of Rajasthan.

Laxmi Narayan Meena, who, police claimed, was sacked by the bank, is said to have visited houses of several SC/ST persons along with two others and collected their names and addresses to apply for flats in the housing scheme under the reserved category quota.

“Several applicants whom we interrogated told us that Meena asked them to sign on the SC/ST certificates and give the information about the names and addresses,” said a senior police officer.

In Bayana
The Delhi Police team verified the addresses of Dharam Singh, Roshan Lal and Hari Singh, residents of Bayana, successful applicants whose names were allegedly used by property dealers to corner flats in the reserved category quota.

Local police said the three allottees identified Pramod Koli, son of municipal committee ward member Sumera Koli as a main ‘conduit’, who had asked them to fill the allotment forms. They did not deposit money but signed the forms.

Dharam Singh, a resident of Kolipuda in ward 13 of Bayana, told HT he did not fill up any form but just signed one. “Pramod
came with the form. But I don’t know if a flat has been allotted in my name.” Roshan Lal, the other applicant, said the same. “Villagers told me I won a flat in Delhi. I don’t know how. But I don’t have money to pay for it,” he said.

Hari Singh, a daily wage earner and resident of ward 4, Paki Athai in Bayana, said, “Pramod and Kalyan brought a form to me that I signed. I was not informed about the details. ”

Pramod’s father Sumera Singh Koli, however, denied any knowledge of his son’s involvement in the scam. “He is not in town. But police came asking for him,” he told HT.

Attar Singh Badhana, former MLA, whose name has surfaced in the scam with allegations that he asked villagers to fill up forms, offering to pay the full amount, also denied he was involved in the scam. “I did not ask anybody to fill the form for allotment of DDA flats in Delhi.”