DHARAM DHUTIA Mumbai
More than four months after the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority ( MHADA) had announced the names of agents like Shashikant Kadam and his other associates in the massive lottery scam, the case has see
n little visible progress. MHADA themselves have been lax to follow up the matter and have left it to the police officials to bring the accused to book.
” We have done what we could and now its the polices responsibility to investigate the matter further,” said MHADA Vice President Satish Gavai.
MHADA had exposed the 17 agents and 334 applicants on January 25, but lodged the FIR against them only on February 22. The agents had submitted 425 forged applications in the 2011 lottery.
In an interview with FPJ about the case, senior police inspector Avadhoot Chavan said, ” The matter is still under investigation and I am asking for some documents from MHADA.” Chawan of Kherwadi police station is the investigating officer of the scam case.
The police have sent back 39 files with queries to MHADAs Mumbai board.
MHADA and the police have exchanged files with each other and thats all.
The issue was also discussed in the legislative assembly session in April 2012. ” I have seen very little evident progress in the matter and if the same continues I will have to complain about the slow investigation to the police commissioner,” said minister of state for housing Sachin Ahir.
In other words, the matter could soon go to the Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik.
LOTTERY SCAM: FLASHBACK M HADA had taken out a lottery of 4034 houses in May 2011. However it was later discovered that 425 applications were forged, of which 224 applications were okayed. While 334 applications were cancelled straight away, the detailed inquiry of the remaining 91 applicants was ordered on January 25. The agents had exploited the reservation categories that saw the least number of entries, like the denotified tribes and scheduled tribes.
Report of remaining 91 only by June W hile on one hand the case is affected by slow progress of the police, the detailed probe of the remaining 91 applicants is facing different set of issues as there are no detailed records of 39 of these 91 applicants. 33 of these 91 have been allotted flats in the lottery and the rest are on the waiting list.