The fake admission scam across ten Delhi University (DU) colleges is getting murkier with the police claiming to have evidence to prove the alleged connivance of some staff of the colleges.
Interrogation of the four arrested racketeers helped investigators identify at least five clerical staff from Hindu College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and Sri Aurobindo College for helping the accused obtain seats for their candidates in those colleges.
“We will take strict action if anybody from the college is found to be involved in the racket. We will extend full cooperation to police,” said Anju Srivastava, principal of Hindu College.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh College principal PK Khurana also echoed the response. “If any of the college staff is found to have done anything wrong we will take suitable action,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police are also looking for another alleged gang member- a former NSUI leader Indrajeet Singh alias Kaku, a resident of Malviya Nagar - who claims to be the president of the local Indian Youth Congress unit.
Investigators said Kaku was absconding ever since the gang was busted by the crime branch team.
Another key member of the gang, Himanshu Gupta, is also on the run, police said.
“They, along with the two absconding suspects, secured over 25 admissions in 10 different DU colleges in the current academic session,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint CP (crime).
A senior investigating officer said Kaku is famous in Malviya Nagar as a small time Congress leader and former NSUI leader.
The police also recovered a poster in which Kaku, as Youth Congress president in Malviya Nagar, is seen wishing residents on Eid. However, Indian Youth Congress national media coordinator Ambrish Ranjan Pandey said Indrajeet Singh’s name did not exist in their official list of members.
“We have checked our official list and no person by the name of Indrajeet Singh alias Kaku holds any post in the Indian Youth Congress. This is an attempt by other political parties, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in particular, to malign the Youth Congress’ reputation,” Pandey told HT.
Investigators, however, said Kaku studied in Sri Aurobindo College and remained associated with the party’s student wing.
“Being a local resident and a student leader, Kaku established contacts with the Aurobindo College staff. This helped him obtain seats for more than five students. His interrogation will help us detect some more fake admissions,” the officer said.
The police on Friday verified two more fake admissions, taking the total number of verified fake admissions in the current academic session to 24.
On Thursday, Sunil Panwar, Mohammad Juber, Ranchit Khurana, and Praveen Jha, were arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch team for involvement in the DU fake admission scam.