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Servant found dead at alleged fraud’s home

delhi Updated: Jan 29, 2009 13:33 IST
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Servant found dead at alleged fraud’s home

A newly hired domestic help at the residence of Ashok Malhotra, the alleged mastermind of the choleygate multi-crore land scam was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday.

The body of Hari Shankar Shah (30) was found inside the toilet of his quarters within the premises. Police have not ruled out foul play as blood was oozing from Shah’s mouth and there were injures on his neck.

Shah, who had joined duties on Tuesday morning at house number 1310 of Mukherjee Nagar in northwest Delhi around 11.30 am. He had been hired from Sewa Placement Agency. Amita, Sewa’s owner, said: “Shah had come a week back from his native place in Bihar. Malhotra needed a replacement after his Nepali servant quit.”

Amita said Shah called her at 8.30 am to tell her he had loose motions. He also called up his brother in Bihar and told him he had loose motions and was vomiting blood.

Later, he locked himself up in his room. When Shah did not respond, Malhotra and two other servants broke open his and found him unconscious in the toilet. Malhotra informed the police, who took Shah to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Joint commissioner of police (Northern Range) Karnal Singh said: “We are not ruling out foul play as a there was a slit mark on his neck. But we are awaiting the post-mortem report.”

Police said a case would be registered after examining the post-mortem report.

The CBI had arrested Malhotra on August 7, 2007. He is allegedly the mastermind of a multi-crore land scam in the capital and is accused of entering into a criminal conspiracy with five DDA officials and fraudulently acquiring plots in Dhirpur area that were meant for the resettlement of slum dwellers during 2000-02. The scandal is popularly called choleygate as Malhotra started life as a seller of choley and rose to become a property dealer.