The Delhi Police crime branch team is probing the role of ‘insiders’ in the alleged admission racket at Delhi University. Four people were arrested on Thursday for helping 25 students secure admissions in 10 DU colleges.
The police suspect insiders may have helped the four arrested men — Sunil Panwar, Juber and Ranchit Khurana and Praveen Jha — as the modus operandi was similar to the rackets in previous three academic sessions at DU in which 20 fake admissions took place.
Himanshu, who is absconding, was arrested in 2011 as well for similar charges.
A majority of the previous fake admissions were at South Campus colleges, the police said.
Interrogation revealed that 25-year-old Mohammad Juber, a final-year BA student at Sri Aurobindo College, deliberately failed his examinations so that he could stay in the college to continue running the racket along with accomplices.
“During questioning, Juber confessed to having helped three candidates get admission into Sri Aurobindo College in the previous academic session. He became famous among students as he got seats for his clients at different South Campus colleges in the previous academic session,” said an investigating officer. He said they were verifying Juber’s admission as well.
However, Juber claimed he did not remember names of the students whom he helped get admission in Sri Aurobindo College and other South Campus colleges, he said.
Investigators said they would seek from colleges the list of students, mostly those from other states, who got admission last year. The certificates of suspicious students will also be sent to the state education boards concerned for verification, the officer said.
A senior crime branch officer said the gang started the illegal admission business three years ago when Sunil Panwar alias Guruji came in contact with Himanshu who already was running a similar racket in different colleges. “Guruji said he remained in constant touch with Himanshu and learnt the tricks for helping potential candidates get admission,” he said.
Investigators learnt that it was Himanshu who introduced Juber and Ranchit to Panwar and they together formed a gang while Himanshu continued with his own gang. Panwar’s gang roped in Praveen Jha for preparing the fake mark sheets and other documents.
“Jha runs a shop in east Delhi’s Vinod Nagar where he prepares forged documents as per clients’ demand. He also created fake websites of UP, Bihar and MP education boards and mentioned their links on the forged documents,” the officer said.