Forty students of SSDT College, Ulhasnagar, who failed in the first year or second year degree courses, gained admission to the next class by submitting fake mark sheets.
JC Purswani, principal of SSDT College, said, “In June, during a routine check, we found the first fake mark sheet, so I ordered the staff to scrutinise all admission forms. I then appointed a special internal committee, who, during investigation, found 40 such cases.”
Purswani said fake mark sheets could be spotted by the signature and seal. Also, all three signatures on them were wrong.
“We first called some of the students to find out where they got the fake mark sheets from. Other students then approached the college to confess to the crime and give us names of the culprits. We will now inform Mumbai University and will take action as per directions given the university,” Purswani said.
The principal said he had information that some ex-employees of the college and students were involved in the fake mark sheet racket.
DCP Shivajirao Rathod said, “We have got preliminary information about the forgery. We are waiting for the university’s directions in the case and only after that can police action be taken.”
Students have apparently paid Rs 10,000 to 20,000 for the forged mark sheets.