A student duped into joining the fake institute run from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has carried out a sting operation in which the chief accused, IIT professor AK Ghosh confesses to cheating students.
The student — M Ramu — recorded the conversation with aerospace engineering professor Ghosh and has submitted the recording to the police, investigators have told HT. The recording also contains suggestions by Ghosh to Ramu to try and bury the scam, sources said.
HT first exposed the scam – on October 20 — involving the fake Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) run by Ghosh with assistance from several IIT faculty and administrators from the Kharagpur IIT campus.
Using the IIT brand name and even his official seal and office space in the IIT, Ghosh and the other accused lured unsuspecting students into joining the IEE which offered fake diplomas with no legitimacy. The IEE falsely claimed recognition by the Indian government and links to IIT Kharagpur. The new chief vigilance officer was reportedly on the board of governors of the fake institute.
The latest evidence in the form of the recording with the police comes even as the human resource development (HRD) ministry mulls whether to accept the demand of the duped students to ask the CBI to probe the scam.
The students have been demanding a CBI probe arguing that the case is too complicated and involves too many influential officials from the IIT to be handled by the West Bengal police.
HRD minister Kapil Sibal is understood to be keen on a CBI probe but no decision has yet been taken, sources said.
“The recorded conversation helps us demolish any defence Ghosh may use,” an investigator said.
In the recorded conversation, Ghosh accepts the IEE has no recognition or authority to run the programmes it was offering students. At the end of the conversation, Ghosh asks Ramu for a compromise solution.
Ghosh was arrested earlier this month and is currently out on bail.