Housing scam: plot thickens

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police today said the contentious application forms of the Jhunjhunu residents for DDA's housing scheme 2008 were "channeled through a particular branch of a private bank". Investigations have revealed accused Deepak Kumar (arrested) along with Suresh Kumar Meena (absconding) had filled forms of at least 700 people, mostly from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and also from northeast India.
A bank in northwest Delhi processed all the forms, police said. EOW said they would also probe general category allottees.

A senior police officer confirmed the fraud could not have taken place without the connivance of DDA officials. "The idea to apply in the reserved category could have been floated only by insiders, i.
e., DDA officials," said the officer.

Police said Meena had pumped in Rs 35 lakh for filling forms on behalf of Jhunjhunu residents . "We would be interrogating the bank's loan official who processed the forms and cannot rule out their involvement," said the officer.

Police conducted searches at Meena's office and residence but could not trace him. Deepak Kumar, the whistleblower, arrested on Sunday, named a DDA official during interrogation.

An EOW team visited DDA headquarters to collect records of present and former employees. "We searched Kumar's Janakpuri office and recovered certain documents, which are being verified.

Kumar will be taken to Jhunjhunu to identify others involved," said the officer. Police said they were also examining call records of Laxmi Narayan Meena, a former bank employee and local politician who's already been arrested, and Kumar to check whether they had been in touch with DDA officials.