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DDA in denial?

DDA in denial?
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First Published: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 09 49 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 09 49 PM IST
New Delhi: Among thousands of hopeful applicants, there only a few lucky ones when the results of the DDA housing scheme draw were declared. For most of Delhi’s population, the only hope of owning a home lies with DDA, known as a provider of affordable flats. But soon after the results, came allegations of bungling in the allotment of flats.
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The Delhi High court was flooded with applications who said DDA had illegally allotted the flats. “What went wrong with the computer at the time of doing random numbering that the mistake occurred? What went wrong with the computer when it was allotting flats which were nowhere in the brochure?”, asks Gyan Prakash, an advocate with the High Court, who has filed a petition seeking cancellation of the draw.
There have been five arrests so far in the DDA scam case. In its defense, the DDA says none of those arrested is its employee. But while people ask how the scam could have occurred without the compliance of DDA employees, investigative authorities are equivocal regarding their involvement. “So far none of the DDA employees have been arrested. If there is a need, we’ll do it. We will be interrogating everybody who is related or connected”, says S.B.K. Singh, Additional CP, EOW.
Questioning the credibility of the DDA draw, and speculating over DDA’s role in the scam, Gyan Prakash says: “Police so far has been arresting people who are not in link with the DDA officers. But the thing that I will put forth the honorable court is that the DDA officers have done something wrong, Prima facie and even at the final stage, a case is made out where we can prove that some tampering has been done with the computers.”
This is not the first time that Delhi’s largest land-owner is in trouble. But before it brings out its scheme for the allotment of 14000 flats in 2010, it needs to prove the credibility of its allotment process.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 09 49 PM IST