Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, an institute in south Mumbai, has registered a case against six students for applying on the basis of fake caste certificates for the scheduled castes/tribes (SC/ST) quota.
The police said that one of the accused is a son of a SoBo diamond merchant.
According to the police, the case was registered last week with the Marine Drive police station under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (punishment for forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 471 (using as genuine a forged) of the Indian Penal Code, after the certificates were sent to the IT department for verification.
“The IT department said that the certificates are forged, following which the students were immediately expelled from the college,” said an officer from the Marine Drive police station.
The police said that the admission cut offs were 99%, this year, and most aspirants had difficulties meeting the mark. The six accused met Ebraham Noorani, a fraud, who claimed to be an MBA graduate, and promised to get them admitted to the SoBo college.
“Noorani had been arrested once before, for cheating students on the pretext of admissions. He would be found targeting students outside CET classes. He would approach them as a consultant,” said an officer.
After this, he would dupe the students into paying him money.
With the six students in question, he did the same thing and the son of the diamond merchant had paid him Rs 10.5 lakhs. He made fake caste certificates for the students and applied for admissions in Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management studies.
The police have three statements of the six students and they claimed to have met Noorani outside college or CET classes.
The investigating officer, sub-inspector Dinkar Chakor of Marine Drive police station, said, “The students said that they paid Noorani at his Pydhonie office where we had already laid a trap but the accused never showed up. We are trying find him with the help of his call records.”