In 2011, a 19-year-old student at Ramjas college, Delhi University, allegedly committed suicide after his mark sheet was found to be forged. He had got the mark sheet from Naresh Kumar’s gang, which helped him secure admission to the college of his dreams.
The incident, however, did not seem to weigh on Kumar’s conscience or his gang members. They continued to fleece other students seeking to study at the Delhi University.
Their business was a hit till a mechanism to check the authenticity of mark sheets came into practice. Then the demand for fake degrees fell.
Since the business did not fetch enough money, Kumar began targeting engineering students. However, before he could find a new client, he was arrested in 2011 and 28 cases of cheating were registered against him.
“At the university he was infamously addressed as ‘Doctor’ and ‘Tau’. He became the one-point contact for all DU aspirants, who failed to secure good marks. With his popularity, the rates he charged for the fake mark sheets also rose. He, however, had to shut his business after cases of fake mark sheets started coming to the fore,” a source said.
In jail, Kumar met people arrested in cases of fraud, forgery and cheating. He learnt new tricks of the trade from them. Soon he realised the demand for medical seats was much more than any other profession and fetched the most money.
“He was told that the rate for one medical seat was between Rs 40 lakh to Rs 60 lakh. In the jail, he chalked out a new plan. After he came out on bail, he did research on how to establish the business till 2014. He built his network of people and became well versed with the faculty and admission process in medical colleges. Later, he started targeting people who were willing to pay for these seats,” a police source said.
He convinced the medical aspirants’ parents that he, along with his associates, could arrange the surrendered MBBS seats for their wards in reputed medical colleges.
“After coming out of jail, while his trail was on, he started targeting people who had black money. The reason being that they would not approach the police even if they are duped. He, along with his two gang members, duped several persons. One of his associate, Shakti, has also been involved in the Vyapam scam,” the police said.
The police are trying to ascertain the number of people the gang duped on the pretext of promising their wards medical seats.