The northwest district police claimed to have busted a racket that helped youths get jobs in municipal schools as contract teachers with fake appointment letters and arrested seven persons, including six Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) primary school teachers, for fraud.
The gang was led by one Ashok, 28, an MCD primary school teacher. The other accused have been identified as Sachin, 21, Sanjeev, 22, Suresh, 25, Aftab, 48, Sunil Kumar, 32, and Rana Bhushan, 35.
Except Aftab, who is unemployed, all the accused were working as contract teachers in MCD schools, police said. The accused had allegedly got the jobs using fake appointment letters.
Romil Baaniya, additional DCP (northwest), said the arrests came following an investigation into a complaint lodged by Kanwar Singh, deputy director, education. Singh alleged that the appointment letters of three MCD teachers, employed on contract basis could be forged.
"A team from the Jehangirpuri police station was constituted to probe the matter. Sachin, Sanjeev and Suresh posted at Jehangirpuri K block MCD primary school were arrested. The others were arrested at their instance," said Baaniya, adding that efforts were on to ascertain if similar cases were reported in other schools too.
He said Sachin, Suresh and Sanjeev disclosed that they did not qualify the eligibility criteria for the post.
"They were desperately looking for a job when they came in contact with two persons, who are residents of Haryana. They convinced the trio to pay money and assured them teachers' job on contract in MCD schools," Baaniya said.
He said the gang managed to get copies of the appointment letters and issued them to people looking for teacher's job using the forged signature and seal of Kanwar Singh. Five blank appointment letters, fake seal of Kanwar Singh and Rs 75,000 have been recovered from the accused.
All accused, except Sachin, who is a graduate, are just Class 12 passouts. Sachin and Sanjeev had started working just 15 days ago, while Suresh began working only last Friday.
Earlier, the MCD was in the news after it came to light that many sanitation workers who were not its actual employees drew salary without doing any work.