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Jan 06, 2009 at 02:20am IST

DDA refuses to cancel allotment of flat

New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has refused to cancel the allotment of flats after protests over irregularities in the process.

“The draw is fair and the verification process is still going on,” DDA PRO Neemo Dhar said.

The DDA is in damage control mode after media reported glaring discrepancies in the housing allotment scheme. D

Denying allegations that the draw of lots was rigged, DDA assured the public that a verification process was in place.

The DDA has found itself under scrutiny after media reports disclosed that as many as seven house allottees registered with the same mobile number were declared winners.

“In a lot of cases, banks have given their number for a group of people,” DDA Housing Commissioner Asma Manzar, DDA Housing Commissioner.

There were five applications against which there was no address. The DDA, however, claims that the list circulated in the media does not match DDA records.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now demanding action against DDA.

“Strong action should be taken and the money that the DDA received through the banks should be immediately returned immediately to people, along with interest," BJP leader V K Malhotra said.

The DDA, for now, has promised that no successful applicant will be given possession of flat without thorough scrutiny

“If the applicant is found to be fraud then the draw will be cancelled, the application money forfeited and an FIR lodged,” DDA Housing Commissioner Asma Manzar said.

Even though the Urban Development Minister Ajay Maken has asked to put the allotment process on hold till the time the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police is through with their probe into the scam, the DDA is confident about the authenticity of the process and adamant on completing the allotment process by the end of January.

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