The Delhi Police have busted a racket involved in preparing and selling fake mark sheets, degrees, certificates and diploma of various state education boards, universities and medical colleges.
Four members of the racket were arrested with 200 fake mark sheets and certificates of MBBS, Ph.D, B.Ed, BA, B.Sc, Class 10 and 12. They charged between ₹10,000 to ₹5 lakh from potential clients for providing such certificates and have issued over 2,000 fake certificates in the past two years, police said.
Some of the seized fake educational mark sheets were of Tilkamanjhi Bhagalpur University in Bihar whose “fake and forged” law degree, Delhi’s former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar used to enroll himself with the Bar Council of Delhi. The arrested persons were also preparing and selling fake educational certificates and mask sheets of Shobhit University, CMJ University, Manav Bharti University, Karnataka State Open University and other universities, colleges and schools in Haryana’s Rohtak, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, said a senior police officer.
Vijay Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (west), said the racketeers were running a fake educational consultancy agency from their office at Janakpuri district centre. “They also ran a fake website www.indiaicsc.in in the name and style of the Intermediate Council of Schooling Education (ICSE). They used to ask their clients to visit this website and verify the authenticity of the educational degrees and marksheets provided to them. The clients only had to feed their enrollment numbers to verify their certificates,” said Kumar.
The arrested were identified as Ritesh Kumar, a native of Bhagalpur, Rupesh Kumar from Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, Somveer Kumar from Rohtak, and Mukesh Kumar from Devli in Delhi. A laptop with scanner and printer, five mobile phones were also seized from them. Senior officers said that they were yet to crack two layers of the racket that are led by Pavitra Singh and Kapil Goyal. Singh and Ritesh were arrested in 2014 by the east Delhi police for running a similar racket.
According to the DCP, the arrests came following a case filed by Shahbazul Haq at the Tilak Nagar police station in which he alleged that he was given a fake Class 10 marksheet, certificate and migration of 2003 of a state education board from south India by Rupesh Kumar. Haq had approached Rupesh at his Janakpuri consultancy center after seeing an advertisement in which his agency claimed to help clear class 10 and 12 to anybody who failed their class 8 or 10 exams.
“Rupesh charged ₹5,000 from Haq and enrolled him in a fake course for which he was made to visit the office twice. Haq was later given Class 10 certificates and charged ₹5,000 more. But since the certificates were of 2003, Haq became suspicious and filed an FIR,” said an investigator.
During the probe, investigators scanned the website on which Haq was shown his certificate, claiming it to be original, and found it fake. They first trapped Rupesh with Haq’s help and his interrogation led to the arrest of Ritesh and the other two.
Ritesh and Somveer disclosed that they had opened similar consultancy centers in Bhagalpur and Rohtak as well. For issued MBBS degree, the racketeers charged between ₹2 lakh and ₹5 lakh, while to obtain a Ph.D or B.Ed degree, the client had to pay between ₹50,000 and ₹1 lakh.
The DCP denied that the racketeers were having association with officials of any of the state education boards, universities or medical colleges. “The certificates they sold were all forged and fake,” he added.