Crime branch sleuths of the Delhi Police have discovered that some teachers at two elite schools in the Capital colluded in a racket in which at least 40 aspirants to Delhi University got admission to colleges of their choice on the basis of fake caste certificates.
Two days after the police busted the racket, it was found that the three fixers — Himanshu Gupta, Vikas Prakash and Ketan Gupta — who ran their operation for the past four years, had moles in high profile schools in central and south Delhi, the names of which the police declined to disclose.
“Certain school teachers would also be questioned in the matter,” said a senior police officer.
The school teachers helped the trio by identifying students from wealthy families who would be willing to shell out lakhs of rupees to get them admitted into top colleges.
Describing the modus operandi of the racketeers, Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said, “The fixers would identify paranoid parents and suggest that they approach the educational consultancy firm run by them to ensure that their child got a seat in one of the top colleges in the university.”
The fixers, none of who studied in Delhi University, charged the wealthy and unscrupulous parents anything between Rs3- 5 lakh to get their children admitted to top DU colleges.
They would procure fake scheduled caste or scheduled tribe certificates through their connections at a tehsil office in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area —and the rest was easy.
Police sources said that at least seven parents whose children were ‘helped’ by the racketeers, had spread the word around about the ‘resourcefulness’ of Himanshu Gupta and his associates.