The government should appoint an official administrator to oversee the functioning in the DPS Housing Society and hold a thorough investigation in its past operations.
UPDATE: May 15, 2017
Read the painful story of a Kashmiri migrant who says he is being constantly harassed by the managing committee (MC) of DPS Housing Society.
UPDATE: May 5, 2017
Click the links in the following boxes to know about the specific offences committed by the Managing Committee (MC) members and their supporters at DPS Housing Society, Dwarka, New Delhi.
DPS Housing Society Managing Committee (MC) members and their supporters who need to be interrogated by the law-enforcement agencies:
M.M. Shukla, Neeraj Vaish, Ms. Geeta Gautam, Ms. Leela Swami, R.K. Saggi, K.L. Narayanan, H.L. Kaul.
Neeraj Vaish, R. Bala Subramanian, M.N. Sampath Kumar, Ms. Leela Swami, Sandeep Taneja, Manguram Tyagi, Ms. Naseem Afshaque.
Others in Shady Committee(s) as per MC documents
Dalip Rozekar, Neeraj Vaish. M.M. Shukla, R. Bala Subramanian, Sandeep Taneja, Lal Singh Thakur, O.P. Khanduja, Madhukar Akhilesh, Sunil Chopra.
More names of people and firms will surface during the interrogation of the MC members and their supporters.
UPDATE: April 30, 2017
The residents of DPS Cooperative Group Housing Society at Sector 4, Dwarka, New Delhi are worried as they have found some white powder mysteriously spread all through the Society premises. Read the following report.
UPDATE: April 18, 2017
Why is it not corruption if the DPS Housing Society MC is spending over Rs. 23 lakh (the cost finally went over Rs. 30 lakh) for a work that a vendor offers to do for just Rs. 4 lakh? If you think objectively, all the justifications given by the MC for this cost difference are totally meaningless. You can read the case details at the following link:
UPDATE: April 13, 2017
We are pleased to inform you that our struggle to save the Society’s people from the proposed extended construction-related pollution and disturbance has entered a new phase. You may please check out the details at the following link.
UPDATE: April 7, 2017
This is in response to a false police complaint filed against me by the Managing Committee (MC) of the DPS Cooperative Group Housing Society, Dwarka, Sector 4, New Delhi and some of the MC supporters in the Society.
As I believe that the MC and its supporters have committed a cognizable offence, I had requested the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to thoroughly investigate the case.
The Police Commissioner has responded positively to my request and has informed me that this case will now be handled by the Joint Commissioner of Police, Southern Western Range and the DCP Vigilance.
You may please click the following link to read my recent letter to the police:
UPDATE: March 21, 2017
The Managing Committee (MC) of DPS Housing Society has complained against me and Mr. Devinder Wazir – who is another respected member of the Society – by narrating a cock and bull story to the police. Click the following link to read the full report.
UPDATE: March 16, 2017
You can safely assume that if the government could control extreme financial and environmental irregularities at DPS Housing Society, it will be easier for the government to discipline other housing societies.
Click the following link to read the full report.
I will soon publish my next report with data and details to expose the financial irregularities and mismanagement at the DPS Housing Society so that the culprits could be caught and punished according to our law.
UPDATE: March 14, 2017
Today, the OSD to Mr. Gopal Rai (Minister of Labour, General Administration Department, and Employment of Delhi Government) informed me that the DPS Housing Society case is being sent to the Registrar Cooperative Societies (RCS) for action.
A similar email I again received today from the office of Mr. Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi).
I hope that the managing committee (MC) of DPS Housing Society will soon be suspended and a thorough investigation will be carried out to catch the culprits.
While I once again thank the Delhi Government for its prompt action in this case, I will soon publish my next report on the fraud and other irregularities happening at the DPS Housing Society.
Important: I am being threatened and intimidated and the MC members are trying to defame me, as I am raising my voice against corruption, environmental damage, and human rights violations at the DPS Housing Society.
You may please click here to read my letter that I had sent to Delhi chief minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal with a copy to Mr. Manish Sisodia.
UPDATE: March 10, 2017
I thank the office / OSD of Mr. Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi) who responded instantly today to my request and has directed the Registrar Cooperative Societies (RCS) of the Delhi government to look into the matter.
The DPS Housing Society matter is a visible case of corruption, lawlessness, criminal intimidation, besides intended human rights violation and environmental damage.
As I am demanding the suspension of the managing committee (MC) of the DPS Housing Society and a thorough enquiry in this case, I offer my services to the government-appointed enquiry committee to help it unearth the truth so that the culprits could be punished according to our law. I will provide specific data and details to the enquiry committee to help it complete the investigation in a systematic manner.
You may please click here to read my letter that I had sent today to Delhi chief minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal with a copy to Mr. Manish Sisodia.
Although I am a fierce critic of the work of Delhi government, I thank both Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia for the responsiveness that they have shown to deal with this clear case of corruption.
I am a government’s National award-winning journalist and writer. I also run a free school for deserving children under my NGO – RMN Foundation.
UPDATE: February 27, 2017
Although a new management committee (MC) has been appointed this month (February 2017) at DPS Housing Society, it is led by the old members only. Most new people are reluctant to become part of the MC because of the persisting financial and other irregularities in the Society.
So, mostly old MC members who are responsible for the mismanagement come again and again without holding complete election. They are supported by a large group of rogue members. Obviously, they will continue their corrupt practices.
By Rakesh Raman
November 28, 2016
As multiple representations from the residents to various government departments have fallen on deaf ears, a chaotic situation persists at the DPS Cooperative Group Housing Society in Dwarka, New Delhi.
Residents complain that they have approached the Registrar Co-op. Societies (RCS), Government of Delhi, and other departments dozens of times with the lists of their grievances, but they could not get relief.
These residents have been facing extreme hardships because of the highhandedness, deceit, misappropriation of public funds, and the abuse of human rights by the management committees (MCs) of the Society.
Although the painful story of the mess persisting over the years at DPS Housing Society is already in the government records, the plight in the Society is now going from bad to worse.
Of late, the MC – mainly led by its President – has unleashed an aggressive campaign to start a high-value extended construction project, which will be extremely harmful for the people – men, women, children – and their property.
In a recent letter (with Subject: Harmful Construction Project), the residents warned the MC that the additional construction will weaken the existing building structure which can cause serious damage to life and property. [ Click here to read the letter. ]
The residents also advised the MC not to think about the construction project because with noise and dust pollution, it will bring disaster for the residents who are living in the Society. This is important particularly when the government is taking various steps to control the level of pollution in and around Delhi.
Moreover, no activity can be legal if it poses a risk to even one person’s life. The truth is that the proposed construction will put to risk the lives of hundreds of people living in the DPS Housing Society besides causing damage to the property.
As residents have been repeatedly urging the MCs to run the Society affairs smoothly, last year also in collective representations the residents had informed the MC about persisting financial irregularities, flaws in holding General Body Meetings, and the harmful effects of the extended construction project. [ Click here to read the letter. ]
In their letters, residents also offered a number of positive suggestions to the MC to bring total transparency in its working and follow all financial and administrative rules prescribed by the government.
But the MC President has been ignoring residents’ repeated requests because it is observed that his only aim has been to carry out the “high-value” extended construction project while the other work in the Society – such as cleanliness, car parking, gardening, etc. – continues to be in a miserable state.
This is evident from the fact that recently the MC President deceptively tried to mobilize people’s opinion towards extended construction in his favor during the Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of DPS Housing Society that was held on 16th October 2016.
While the AGM was chaotic and flawed as usual, the MC President falsely claimed in the subsequent document of the minutes of the AGM that people supported his work and views on various issues. In fact, the said document is just a smorgasbord of lies and falsehood being intentionally disseminated by the MC President.
While the MC President supports extended construction, he had presumably become the President of the Society just to fulfill his sole purpose of carrying out the “high-value” construction project by hook or by crook.
He has been repeatedly threatening residents who oppose construction. His threats include false police and legal cases against the innocent residents who oppose extended construction work – about which the residents have informed the RCS and other related government offices multiple times during the past couple of years.
Similarly, his supporters are also threatening the Society members who oppose extended construction and want the MC to operate in an honest and transparent manner.
In the AGM of 16th October 2016, the President leveraged the conflict that he has conspired between the opposing groups of residents to create an utter chaos in the meeting. He further used the arguments in the chaotic meeting to produce a false minutes of the AGM meeting document, which among other lies, states that many people have supported the extended construction project.
If some people of DPS Housing Society support this visibly harmful construction project, then MC must immediately release their names, flat numbers, and office addresses formally so that the government and law-enforcement agencies could deal with them according to the law.
It is pertinent to state here that some of the members who may be supporting the illegal extended construction project are, in fact, habitual law-breakers. For example, the MC and its President have allowed them to park their additional cars inside the Society building while the Delhi High Court has ruled that only one car per flat will be allowed in housing society parking lots.
Obviously, the MC has allowed them this illegal act of car parking in order to win their favor for another illegal project, that is, extended construction. Similarly, the others who are supporting the harmful construction proposal of the MC have done unauthorized building modifications in their houses and external common walls. All these are hard facts, which are clearly visible.
Some of them are spending even lakhs of rupees on their house renovations and creating huge disturbance and pollution in the Society with the renovation construction work that runs for months. Unfortunately, the MC has allowed all this disturbance. In return, the MC gets support from such disturbing people for its own wrongdoings.
All these wrongdoers gang up to threaten and defame those Society members who ask them to act properly for the peace and wellbeing of all the residents living in the Society. So, the law-enforcement agencies must immediately take action to investigate and catch all these culprits.
Further, you can know the hidden motives behind the MC President’s ploy from the fact that he deliberately did not add in the AGM agenda items the extended construction point to build additional area in the flats.
He also did not mention in the agenda items about the letter of August 28, 2016 that residents had given to oppose construction. So, most of the people who oppose construction did not come for the meeting to express their opinion on such an important issue.
However, the MC President with the help of a couple of his cronies devoted almost the entire time of the meeting to discuss his favorite construction project and created a fabricated document about the minutes of the AGM meeting which was totally hijacked by a few loud voices that support construction. The AGM, as usual, was totally flawed and thus meaningless.
You can judge the invalidity and shallowness of the October 16 AGM from the fact that out of seven MC members, only three were present in the meeting. Moreover, the extended construction project proposed by the MC President is so dangerous that all the MC members do not support it.
Worse, the MC President has been ignoring the advice of even his colleagues in the MC who have formally opposed the extended construction proposal. While his focus has only been on massive construction, he has ignored all other administrative tasks.
As the MC President is not able to handle the Society affairs and a large group of people have complained about his offensive behavior and uncivil language, he – along with some other MC members – has decided to resign without completing their term. Now they are asking for fresh MC election in the Society.
But surprisingly – even after his resignation – the MC President is still pursuing his dream construction project – now indirectly. It appears that now the MC President wants to begin extended construction under the garb of building repair.
On November 15, 2016, he suddenly circulated a letter saying that he has hired an engineer to assess the structural health of the DPS Housing Society building. The engineer, according to the letter, was supposed to come just after four days on November 19 to check the individual flats and the building.
But as the MC and its President believe in shady ways of working, they did not inform the Society members and residents about the name, contact, or other professional details of the engineer. They also did not mention about the procedure to hire the engineer and the fee being paid to the engineer. This decision once again manifests the arbitrary and dishonest manner in which the MC has been working. [ Click here to read the related letter. ]
Troubling question: When the MC President has formally resigned, why is he still interested in building, its repairs, and hence construction? That is because most MC members are always eager to start construction or massive building repairs as it is easier to rake in public money for such expensive projects.
A similar repair project was carried out at DPS Housing Society in 2010 by the MC at that time. It was shown in accounting books / documents that the project has consumed over Rs. 30 lakh. However, this repair project was also handled by the then MC in a totally clumsy and shady manner without revealing the financial norms followed for its execution.
Moreover, it was done in such a crude way that instead of repairing the building, it further damaged it – the damage signs are visible even today. Although the RCS office had ordered an enquiry in 2011 in this case under the directions from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) of India, it could not get completed for unknown reasons. [ Click here to read the RCS letter. ]
However, including the financial interest and inflation component, the Society and its members lost an estimated Rs. one crore in that faulty repair project. Who is responsible for that loss? Government must fix the responsibility and recover the money from the guilty and deposit it back to the DPS Housing Society funds.
Now, the present MC, which is equally incompetent, wants to embark upon another expensive repair / construction project. It must be stopped.
As the things are going out of control at the DPS Housing Society and the present MC has offered to resign, the RCS office / government must take control in its own hands.
The government should appoint an official administrator to oversee the functioning in the Society and hold a thorough investigation in its past operations. Perhaps, this change will bring some order to the chaos that has been persisting in the Society for decades. [ Click here to read the related letter. ]
Important Note: This is the first article in the current series of reports on DPS Housing Society. If the things didn’t get normal, you can soon expect to see more articles with specific data and details that will reveal the truth behind its murky operations.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and social scientist. He also runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation. He is a victim of the fraud happening at DPS Housing Society.