A local court on Thursday awarded three years' imprisonment to former employees and students of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) for tampering with the answer sheets.
Among the seven former employees, who have been convicted, are then result branch superintendent Gulab Singh and then assistant superintendent Shishpal.
The court of additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) Anita Dahiya has awarded three years' imprisonment to the former employees under Sections 467 (forgery of valuable security) and 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Besides, they have been awarded two-year jail term under Section 420 (fraud) of the IPC. Both jail terms will run concurrently.
In all, five former students have been convicted and will have to pay a fine of Rs 3,000 each.
The police had arrested Parveen Kumar, who was a student of BA in the university from Bhiwani, on a charge of getting his marks increased fraudulently in April 2000.
During investigation, it was found out that four other students identified as Sandeep, Ajit, Kehar Singh and Parveen, who completed their graduation from the MDU, paid the convicted employees to increase their marks.
Later, it was learnt that the MDU result branch employees - Gulab Singh, Shishpal Singh, Krishan Kumar, Shree Om, Rajender, Kali Ram and Ram Singh - had tampered with answer sheets and issued fake mark sheets to the five students.
This was the lone incident when the MDU's image took a battering. In February, the functioning of the university's secrecy branch came under the scanner when nearly 2,000 unmarked answer sheets were found on the terrace of the administrative block. After the media reported the matter, an inquiry was marked a case was registered. The police have arrested six people, including secrecy branch superintendent Surender Maratha, in the case.