Panjab University (PU) is likely to approach the Chandigarh police for a detailed probe into the case of supply of bogus detailed marks certificates (DMCs) to two students of Government Home Science College (GHSC), Sector 10, by a fraudster.
Bogus DMCs were recovered from the students earlier this year. When a committee probing the case started the probe, it came to light that a fraudster charged the students `40,000 each to get their compartment cleared after re-evaluation in BSc first-year at GHSC.
Those associated with the probe told HT that the way DMCs were supplied to students, point towards a bigger racket. An enquiry committee member said, “The DMCs were sent to the respective college, the way official correspondence is exchanged between PU and colleges. Except two minute mistakes, the DMCs looked original. So, a thorough probe is needed into the case,” adding that, only a police probe would be able to nab the fraudster.
The students, both girls, had told the enquiry committee that one of them first met him in a bus and during their conversation, he told her that he was a university employee and she could contact him for any kind of help. He also shared his mobile number with her, a probe panel member said.
Later, the girl approached him with her case and also introduced one of her friend to him. Both of them paid `40, 000 each to him. The certificates were reportedly delivered to their college through official PU correspondence. While college authorities marked their entry as 'passed' in their record, the university record remained the same.
“When their second-year result was withheld by university this year, they went to the university to enquire about it and came to know that they had not passed the first year examination,” a top official told HT.
Meanwhile, PU approached the college authorities, following which the probe was initiated. The mobile number given to the students by the fraudster functions now more. A probe committee member said, “As the DMCs were delivered at the college the same way as official correspondence is done by the university which points towards involvement of some university official.”
The enquiry committee is yet to submit their report to PU.