NEW DELHI

Forensic report awaited in DDA housing case

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Forensic examination of the software used in conducting the draw of lots for the controversial Delhi Development Authority housing scheme might take some more time. The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police which is investigating allegations of fraudulent means being employed to secure allotments of flats under the Scheduled Tribes category is awaiting the forensic report to ascertain if the software had been tampered with. The police believe that the report would help establish the role of DDA officials, if any, in the case.

However, testing software is a time-consuming process as it involves finding faults with it and studying its behaviour. Through various ways the examiners try to find if the software can be tampered with.

Investigations so far have revealed that prime accused, former DDA employee M. L. Gautam, and his accomplices had submitted over 1,500 application forms, against which 49 flats were allotted. In most cases, the accused used PAN cards obtained in the name of purported applicants. “Verification of the authenticity of the PAN cards and other documents will also take time as it will involve screening a huge pile of documents,” said a police officer.

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