Sanjeet Mahajan, an employee of the SC/ST Cell of Delhi University who was arrested for his involvement in the fake certificate scam, was in constant touch with Himanshu Gupta, kingpin of the racket.
Police sources said Mahajan had bought two phones for this admission season and shared over 300 calls with Gupta in the past two months.
“Mahajan used to keep three phones, two for calling Gupta and one for sending text messages. The duo used to chat regularly and Mahajan used to give him information on the admission process,” said a senior police officer. Mahajan has now emerged as the main link between the university staff and Gupta. He facilitated all admissions (taken on fake certificates) this season, the officer added.
While his name emerged during Gupta’s interrogation, the call details of Gupta also raised suspicion about Mahajan.
“Gupta was dependent on him as he was the one who used to get the admissions cleared. Mahajan even issued provisional admissions slips, which in the normal course are given to students by the SC/ST cell,” the officer added.
Sources said Gupta was not very keen on meeting students and did most of the work through email.
“Gupta used to contact students through email. In case he required any documents, he would ask the student to send it through email,” the officer added. Police said the SC/ST cell has three centres in east, north and south campus and Mahajan used to sit at Shyam Lal College in east Delhi. “Most of the forms were submitted there only,” officer added.