The Delhi Police have arrested three persons for allegedly providing fake caste certificates to students to secure seats in Delhi University colleges.
One of their "clients", a girl from South Delhi, allegedly paid Rs 5 lakh to get into Sri Ram College of Commerce, even after securing 95% in the boards, the police said.
"They charged between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh per admission," said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).
According to the police, the gang - active since 2008 - got over 40 students admitted in DU over the years.
This year, sources said, they got 12 students into top colleges like SRCC, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara and Kamla Nehru while the admission of eight students was pending.
All these admissions stand cancelled. And there's more to come, with the students as well as their parents facing arrest.
"We have taken the gang members on police remand. The students who have taken admission on the basis of fake certificates in the past three years will be identified. We will initiate legal action against them and their parents," said a senior crime branch officer.
The arrested three were identified as Himanshu Gupta, Vikas and Ketan Gupta.
"They assured parents their methods were foolproof. They prepared forged caste certificates and submitted those with other relevant documents at the colleges for admission," said Chand.
Ketan worked as a data entry operator at the tahsildar in Meharuli and hence, had easy access to letterheads of caste certificates, the police said.
The police arrested Himanshu first after a tip-off that he would be visiting Hansraj College on Thursday for an admission.