Devesh K. Pandey

‘Multiple allotments’ to a single person also to be investigated

Role of any DDA official in the alleged fraud during the process of allotment to be probed

Cyber expert admits tampering with the software used to conduct the draw of lots is possible

NEW DELHI: A cloud of uncertainty looms large over the final allotment of Delhi Development Authority flats now with the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police deciding to extend the ambit of investigations to cover the entire procedure.

The investigations were initially confined to allegations levelled by Indian Justice Party chief Udit Raj on use of fraudulent means for securing allotment of flats under the Scheduled Tribe category.

Although tight-lipped over developments in the case, Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) S.B.K. Singh on Monday said the police would look into the entire process of allotment of the DDA flats to detect discrepancies, if any.

It is learnt that the EOW is also trying to ascertain if any DDA official had a role to play in the alleged fraud during the process of allotment.

Besides, the police will investigate the suspected multiple allotments to a single person on the basis of forged applications.

It is alleged that in one case the same mobile phone number had been used in several applications against which flats were allotted through draw of lots.

About suspicions of any loopholes or tampering with the software used to conduct the draw of lots, cyber laws expert Pavan Duggal said: “Technically it is possible. The source code of the software can be tampered with even at the inception to get results in the desired direction. This may also be done at a later stage by the administrator of the software who has access to its source code.”

Mr. Duggal said one of the better ways to detect the “alterations”, if any, is to compare the source code of the software used for the draw to the original one provided by the developer. “Any difference between the two will establish commission of fraud,” he said, adding that forensic analysis of the source code supplied and the one used by the organisers of the draw of lots would help detect the inconsistencies.

The police have already sent the software used by the DDA to the Hyderabad Forensic Laboratory for examination.

In a related development on Monday, a Delhi court remanded Deepak Kumar, who was arrested by the EOW on Sunday for his alleged involvement in the planning and execution of the fraud, to eight days’ police custody for interrogation. He has been booked for cheating and forgery.