As many as 38,000 fake certificates were allegedly issued by the Jodhpur National University, the Rajasthan Police found in a preliminary assessment, raising fear of a well-entrenched racket in the state.
Of these, about 13,000 degrees were of technical courses and the rest were of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in humanities and sciences, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Special Operation Group) B L Meena said. The DIG, however, added the exact figures need to be verified.
About 14,000 degrees issued by the university are regular and bore genuine code of the university, he said. The Special Operation Group is interrogating the varsity’s chairperson Kamal Mehta in connection with the fake degree scam. Mehta was arrested from Delhi on January 8.
While the university started operations in 2008, the fake degree racket began on a small scale two years later and kept on spreading, the DIG said. The degrees were undersigned by the Controller of Examinations.
The investigating team is also scanning email accounts of Mehta to trace his network, Meena said, adding there are clues about involvement of other educational institutions in the fake degree scam.
During the investigation, the SOG has got hold of a diary in which Mehta allegedly kept details of all fake degrees. On the basis of this diary, the police is now identifying the fake degree holders. “We will write to the government agencies and PSUs to search if any fake degree holder is employed there” Meena said.
The investigating team has also caught hold of some answer sheets from Mehta’s house at Shyam Nagar in Jaipur. The answer sheets were not evaluated but the degrees were issued against these copies, Meena said, adding a police team is in Jodhpur to dig out more information regarding the fake degrees.
Mehta is booked under Sections 420 (fraud), 467 (forgery of documents), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and various other sections of the Indian Penal Code. Currently, he is in the police custody.