Co-op society scam: Official, 4 others get 5 yrs in jail

A city court has convicted five persons, including an assistant at the office of the Registrar of Co-operative Societies (RCS), for reviving a defunct society to hoodwink the DDA into allotting them a 7,000 sqm plot in Dwarka.

The five were convicted of cheating, forgery, conspiracy and corruption and sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment. Fines of varying amounts were also imposed on them.

The case is part of one of the several registered in the Rs 4,000-crore cooperative group housing societies (CGHS) scam.

Details of the scam had surfaced after the Delhi High Court in 2006 had directed the CBI to investigate matters related to the revival of CGHS.

After an enquiry into the matter, an FIR against five persons — Parashuram Gupta, Madan Mohan Khanna, Nemi Chand Bansal, Anand Mohan and A K Shankaran (the RCS official) — was registered in 2007.

Satyam CGHS was initially registered in 1983 with 120 members. However, the RCS pointed out defects in the list of members in 1984. Correspondence was exchanged between RCS and the society till 1991 after which the society went out of existence.

The idea to revive the society struck the convicts after the DDA in 1997 decided to allot land at concessional rates to societies with earlier registration dates. Since Satyam CGHS fell into this category, "the file of Satyam CGHS was made alive".

Khanna posed as president, Bansal as the secretary and Mohan as the treasurer of the society. By August 1997, the trio, along with Gupta (posing as the office secretary) had filed a written request at the RCS for approval of the new list of members. With help of Shankaran, the list was approved and the society was recommended for allotment.

The conspiracy involved prime time forgery of resignation of documents by fake office bearers of the society; bogus inspection reports and concealment of information on behalf of the RCS official.

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