Laxmi Narayan Meena (52), who was arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) in Jhunjhunu in connection with the alleged irregularity in the DDA housing scheme 2008, also forged the Permanent Account Number and caste certificates of the villagers. He sold them to two agents from Delhi who were acting at the behest of a “cartel of builders”.
Police said Meena joined the Kendriya Sahkari Bank at Jhunjunu in 1984 as a cashier and was promoted as a manager in 2003. The same year, he was suspended on charges of corruption, police said. He was expelled from the bank on August 18, 2007.
A secretary with the Adivasi Meena Seva Sansthan, he used his “political reach” to force villagers to sign on application forms. Meena had procured information of 156 villagers.
The EOW registered a case when Raghubir Singh, a resident of Jhunjhunu filed a complaint that his name and address had been wrongfully used to fill a form for the housing scheme.
Police would scrutinise the bank draft attached with form number 644459 that was in the name of Raghubir Singh to trace the real beneficiary. The form in the name of Singh had been allotted an LIG flat at B-4 Narela in a draw of lots.
“When we approached the complainant, he told us that he never signed on the form. We will be scrutinising the bank draft to know who pumped the money to fund the application form and procure a bank loan against the same,” said a senior police officer. Meena covered villages like Bhorki, Guda, Manak, Sothli, Khetrinagar, Kakrama, Bajawa, Togdakalan, Manipura, Pratappura, Biwasar and Ajadi in Jhunjhunu.
“We are open to investigations from all angles and are not ruling out the involvement of anyone,” said SBK Singh, additional CP (crime). Police said they would be interrogating Manish Kumar, a chartered accountant who facilitated filling of several application forms at the behest of builders.
Police registered a case under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 and 120 B against Meena and unknown persons.