Madhur Tankha

“The inquiry was only into the process of draw of lots”

Was to submit the report by Jan. 24

Was given extension twice

NEW DELHI: The internal enquiry committee set up by the Delhi Development Authority to probe the draw of lots for its controversial housing scheme-2008 will submit its report to Vice-Chairman Ashok Kumar Nigam on Friday.

The committee was formed in January after Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy announced that all angles of the housing scam would be looked into.

Originally the committee was to submit its report by January 24, but it sought more time. It was given a week, but it still could not complete the probe. It was then granted 15 more days.

“The report will be submitted to the DDA Vice-Chairman on Friday. The inquiry was only into the process of draw of lots,” said DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar.

The three-member team was headed by DDA (Finance) member Nand Lal. The other members were Deputy Legal Advisor B.K. Gupta and Director (Vigilance) Alok Swarup.

The mandate for the probe was to check whether DDA had followed all prescribed procedures for holding the lottery.

Meanwhile, the DDA has issued letters to about 1,200 applicants who had filed more than one application for the housing scheme, informing them that their amount was being forfeited. They have been asked to approach the Authority in case of any objection. The DDA has asked the applicants to explain why the amount of Rs.1.5 lakh submitted by them should not be forfeited. “We have sent letters to all the applicants who had knowingly or unknowingly sent more than one application for our draw of flats. The names of such applicants were automatically cut off from the list of allottees,” a DDA official said.