‘Check NDMC staff quar­ters for cheats’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: A Delhi court has or­dered ver­i­fi­ca­tion of per­sons liv­ing in staff quar­ters in New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil area and sought a de­tailed re­port from it.

Ad­di­tional ses­sions judge Ajay Goel re­cently di­rected a ver­i­fi­ca­tion drive af­ter he found that an ac­cused in a cheque-bounce case was liv­ing il­le­gally in a staff quar­ter at Vi­nay Marg.

The court stum­bled across this fact when the ac­cused, Ravi Prakash Ti­wari, ab­sconded dur­ing the pen­dency of a case against him and ef­forts were made to trace his where­abouts on the ba­sis of the ad­dress avail­able in the court records. Even as ASJ Goel was sur­prised to find that the quar­ter, where the ac­cused was liv­ing, be­longed to some­one else, it asked for NDMC’s le­gal of­fi­cer to ap­pear and ex­plain why ac­tion should not be taken in the case.

In re­sponse, NDMC said it had in­quired and found that Ti­war’s brother was on its rolls and he had let out the quar­ter with­out per­mis­sion and in an il­le­gal man­ner. The civic agency also in­formed the court that af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the fraud, it has de­moted the of­fi­cial and is tak­ing ac­tion in the mat­ter, in­clud­ing ver­i­fy­ing the houses al­lot­ted to dif­fer­ent per­sons.

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