CBI opens Malhotra’s can of worms
The CBI has named six persons, including Ashok Malhotra, in the multi-crore land scam, report Tushar Srivastava and Amitabh Shukla.delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2007 02:26 IST
The central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has named six persons, including Ashok Malhotra, in the multi-crore land scam. The FIR was registered on July 24.
The accused have been charged under sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine forged documents) of the IPC and 13 (2) and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Others named besides Malhotra are K.S. Verma, the retired Deputy Director, DDA, J.R. Gaur, then Assistant Director (OSB), A.K. Mishra, then DD (OSB), Shyam Babu, then Assistant Engineer, S.K. Sharma, then Junior Engineer.
The CBI searched the properties of the accused on July 27 and also carried searches at the DDA offices in Vikas Sadan, Mukherjee Nagar and Dilshad Garden.
Searches were carried out again on Tuesday and Wednesday at the house of Malhotra’s associates - Chander Arora in Mukherjee Nagar, Mohan Lal’s two properties in Timarpur and the house of one Rajni in Nehru Nagar.
“CBI has unearthed documents indicating large scale racket in allotment of plot under the resettlement schemes of DDA. CBI has found blank identity slips of Delhi administration, fake ration cards, official rubber stamps, original allotment letters of the plots and registers maintaining details of sale of plots,” an official said. “At Malhotra’s premises, CBI recovered 17 luxury cars with VIP number plates, Rs 17 lakh cash and about 7 kilograms of gold,” he added.
The FIR stated investigation was carried on the basis of a specific information. “A reliable information was received that during 2000-2002, a large number of plots in Dheerpur phase I, Gandhi Vihar resettlement colony were dishonestly allotted in the names of fictitious persons by the officials of DDA in criminal conspiracy with Malhotra and thereafter illegally sold for wrongful gain to the accused persons and corresponding wrongful loss to the DDA,” the FIR states.
In 2000, the FIR states, DDA allotted plots of land measuring 20.9 square meters each to the erstwhile residents of Hudson Line jhuggi jhopri area at Dheerpur phase I under a resettlement scheme. In order to ensure allotment of resettlement plots to bonafide residents, the documents relating to proof of identity, residence, ration card, demolition slip, survey charge of 1984, were required to be verified by the Deputy Director, Old Scheme Branch, DDA.
However Malhotra and the other accused prepared and filed claims in the names of fictitious persons, claiming to be erstwhile residents of Hudson Line area and such applications were supported by forged documents as ration card, identity slip. Thereafter, the accused cheated DDA and dishonestly allotted plots in the names of fictitious persons and possession slips of the plots were knowingly passed on to Malhotra. The accused illegally sold the plots in the open market at exorbitant prices for wrongful gain to the accused persons and wrongful loss to DDA.