Fake degree scam: Failing to make headway, police want I-T dept to handle case

Solan police, that is currently investigating the matter, has registered three criminal cases under sections 420, 467, 468 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code at the Dharampur police station.
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 06:29 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Shimla | By, Shimla

After failing to make much progress with its probe into the alleged fake degree sale by Solan-based Manav Bharati University (MBU), the Himachal police have urged the state government to hand over the investigation to the income tax department.

Solan police, that is currently investigating the matter, has registered three criminal cases under sections 420, 467, 468 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code at the Dharampur police station. These cases are being investigated by a special investigation team (SIT) of the HP police.

MBU, owned by Manav Bharti Charitable Trust, was established in 2009. Its chairman is Raj Kumar Rana and trustees are his wife Ashoni Kanwar and daughter Aina Rana. Madhav University, Rajasthan, was also established under the aegis of the same trust in 2013.

During the investigation, the police had found that Rana acquired huge movable and immovable property in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and other places with the funds generated by the sale of fake degrees. Rana was arrested in June this year.

“Apart from the fake degrees, it is necessary to investigate the financial aspects of the crime, for which evaluation of properties and tracking of financial transactions and money trail relating to the crime needs to be undertaken by the income tax department,” said director general of police Sanjay Kundu.

Solan-based MBU had come under the scanner after University Grants Commission (UGC) had written to authorities concerned in the state in August 2019 to conduct a thorough inquiry into the allegations of sale of fake degrees by APG University in Shimla and MBU, but the government remained silent for six months. It was after repeated reminders from UGC that the Himachal government initiated a probe against the two private universities.

The UGC had informed that MBU had sold over four-five lakh degrees during the past seven years with the help of agents in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, West Bengal and South India, under the nose of HP Private Universities Regulatory Authority.

As MBU is under investigation, passed out students from the university, who are employed now, have expressed worry about their future. They have formed a group and are demanding justice from the state government.


    Gaurav Bisht heads Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. He covers politics in the hill state and other issues concerning the masses.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar briefing media. (ANI)

    Shiv Sena's rebel faction says will move court if not given recognition

    Speaking to media virtually, spokesperson of the Eknath Shinde-led rebel group of the party, Shiv Sena legislator Deepak Kesarkar, on Saturday demanded recognition for the rebel faction.

  • Bengaluru is set to face multiple day long power shutdowns till June end.

    Bengaluru to face power outages till June-end. See list of areas here

    Here is a day-wise list of areas to be affected - June 26, Sunday: (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Shiva Farm Ind Area, Industgrial Area, Kaveripura Ranganathapura, Kcg Ind. Area, Nanjappa Ind. June 28, Tuesday: (11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or earlier.)

  • Police personnel outside the house of Punjab IAS officer Sanjay Popli in Chandigarh on Saturday after his son, Kartik, died of a gunshot wound in the head. (HT Photo)

    Days after Punjab IAS officer Sanjay Popli held for corruption, his son dies by suicide

    The only son of senior Punjab IAS officer Sanjay Popli, 26, Kartik Popli, who was arrested on Monday for corruption, died of a gunshot wound in the head when a team from the Vigilance Bureau was at the house a search in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Saturday afternoon. The Punjab Vigilance Bureau had on Monday arrested director, pensions, Sanjay Popliin a corruption case. The police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

  • Mild tremors were felt in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday morning, after which residents reported cracks in some houses and buildings. (Representative Photo/Reuters)

    Mild tremors felt in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday morning

    Residents of Sullia taluk in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district told news agency PTI they felt mild tremors at around 9 am on Saturday morning. They said they heard a loud sound as the earth shook for about 45 seconds. The areas affected are Kallugundi, Sampaje, Goonadka, Aranthodu, Ivarnadu, Thodikkana and Peraje. Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner KV Rajendra said many people called from Sullia to inform him of the tremors.

  • The protesting Shiv Sainiks burnt effigies of Eknath Shinde and other rebel MLAs. (PTI)

    Shiv Sainiks protest against Eknath Shinde, rebels in Navi Mumbai, Panvel areas

    Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra caused due to the rebellion by a section of legislators led by Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena leaders and workers came out on Saturday in Navi Mumbai and Panvel region to show support to chief minister Uddhav Thakeray. Effigies were burnt and slogans raised against Eknath Shinde and the rebel MLAs. New posters were also put up in Vashi in support of Thackeray after several such posters appeared on Friday.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, June 25, 2022