With the Delhi police ruling out tampering of software used in the draw of lots, the Delhi Development Authority on Thursday announced that it would start issuing allotment letters under its controversial “Housing Scheme-2008” in November.
According to DDA, the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi police had not found any irregularities in the process of draw of lots or connivance of any of its serving officials.
“The EOW report based its findings on allegations of rigging of the software and certain other irregularities. The report comprising the EOW findings and software reports from GEQD Hyderabad and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing does not indicate any connivance or favouritism by any serving DDA official or those connected with the draw,” said a DDA spokesperson. After analysing all hard discs of computers used in the draw, its server and software, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram, has not found any evidence of rigging of the software.
“C-DAC could not find any evidence that the software had any vulnerability to be compromised nor could it detect any evidence of external tampering. From an analysis of the source code, the experts could not find any evidence to indicate that the software shows any type of bias towards any specific applicant or applicants,” said the report.
According to EOW, nine accused had fraudulently got a large number of DDA forms filled up by poor and illiterate persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to corner the maximum number of flats.
“Of the total of 5,238 successful DDA applicants, only 1.37 per cent successful candidates fall in the purview of such investigations. The EOW has already arrested the nine accused and further investigations are being done to establish specific roles being played by each of the accused persons. Persons who fall within the purview of the investigation will not be issued any allotment letter till the investigating agency clears these cases,” the report said.
However, a Delhi Police officer said that, software apart, other aspects of the investigations would continue.
The “Housing Scheme-2008” was launched by DDA on August 6 last year. Of a total of 566,906 applicants, 5,328 were declared successful after the draw.