NEW DELHI: An accused in the Delhi Development Authority flats allotment scam who was on the run for the past two months has been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi police.
Surender Singh, a property dealer from Shalimar Bagh, was arrested at Dhaula Kuan while allegedly trying to flee to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on Thursday evening. No incriminating document was found in his possession.
According to the police, Surender was an accomplice of another accused, Deepak Kumar, and had played a crucial role in raising funds for submitting applications for allotment of DDA flats under the Scheduled Tribes category. The police suspect that he had helped alleged mastermind and retired DDA employee M. L. Gautam arrange identification documents from several residents of Rajasthan. Surender was produced in a Rohini court that remanded him to seven days’ police custody of the EOW on Friday. “We will interrogate him to find out how the conspiracy to ensure allotment of flats was executed,” said a police officer. The EOW has so far arrested five persons -- M. L. Gautam, Laxmi Narain Meena, Deepak Kumar, Raju Ram and Vijay Pal -- for their suspected involvement in the DDA case. The accused allegedly had fraudulently submitted a large number of forms under the SC/ST category to ensure allotment of flats.
In a related development, the police are planning legal action against the flat allottees who have not yet replied to the 11-point questionnaire sent to them by the EOW.