After nabbing two class IV employees of Delhi University who helped three persons operate a racket that provided fake caste certificates to students to get seats in the university’s colleges, the Delhi Police are on the lookout for the gang’s mastermind.
Police said without Pradip Kumar, a resident of southeast Delhi’s Madangir, Himanshu Gupta, Vikas Prakash and Ketan Gupta — who were arrested on June 25 when the racket was busted — would not have been able to sustain their two-year-long racket.
The trio contacted the university’s class IV employees after relations soured with Kumar, whose connections within the central university’s bureaucracy ran deep, police said.
Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said: “Kumar, who we believe is still running a different module of a similar sort, lent the intellectual and logistical support to the arrested trio. They fell out over a financial dispute last year when the gang had doubled the number of customers and consequently the amount earned through fake admissions.”
A bid to sustain their subtle and rewarding enterprise, which Kumar had introduced them to but could no longer be operated with his help, led the trio to Sanjeet Mahajan, 36, and Neeraj Sharma, 33, both employed as office assistants in DU’s SC/ST Cell. The crime branch nabbed the university’s employees on Thursday.
“Mahajan and Sharma became the only link that the accused trio had with the university after they fell out with Kumar,” said Chand.
Mahajan and Sharma helped the racketeers for R12,000 and R5,000, respectively, for each form, Chand added.
Police said Mahajan was on duty at the university’s SC/ST Cell located in Shyam Lal College, where Himanshu Gupta deposited most of the admission forms of his customers. Sharma helped make fake admission slips by forging bona fide slips issued in the names of students who had been legally admitted.
Mahajan, a class X dropout, joined the university as a lower division clerk in 1997. Sharma, who studied till class XII, joined the university as a temporary employee in 2001 and became an office assistant following a permanent appointment in 2008. Chand said Kumar was on the run.