Admission racket returns to DU; three suspects held

Updated on Aug 30, 2014 09:38 AM IST

Delhi police has unearthed another admission scandal at DU’s Sri Venkateswara College, where ten students obtained admission on forged documents. The incident has taken place barely a month after the undergraduate admissions were closed.

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi police has unearthed another admission scandal, this time at Delhi University’s (DU’s) Sri Venkateswara College, where ten students obtained admission on forged documents.

The incident has taken place barely a month after admissions were closed for various undergraduate courses at DU.

It was found that the accused gang were the same ones who got three students admitted to the same college in 2013 (they are currently in their second year).

Police suspect the involvement of some college staff who allegedly conspired with the gang in the admission scam.

When contacted Sri Venkateswara College’s principal Hemlata Reddy said, “We have no information regarding the cases. We were asked to submit the admission documents by the police and did so. We have not heard anything from them.”

On Friday, police acted on a tipoff that informed the whereabouts of the gang and arrested three persons, including the alleged kingpin of this racket.

Several forged documents, a laptop, a printer and stamps of government hospitals have been recovered from them. The arrested include Mukesh Maan, a 19-year-old BA second year student of Sri Venkateswara College who himself had secured admission on forged documents, the police said.

Interestingly, Maan had failed his 10+2 examination in 2013 and police have proof of this. The other arrested accused have been identified as Arvind Yadav, 28, mastermind of the racket, and his associate Daya Ram, 36, a former school teacher from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr.

Being a former DU student, Yadav was aware about the loopholes in the admission process and decided to exploit it.

It was Daya Ram who prepared fake mark sheets, caste certificates, transfer certificates, character certificate and physical disability certificates, as the requirement of their candidates.

During interrogation, Yadav disclosed that after completing his graduation from a college in Delhi University, he had set up a transport business.

However, the earnings from his business were not enough to sustain his lavish lifestyle. Relevant documents of the students who are suspected of having secured admission on the basis of forged documents, have been seized and are being scrutinised, police said.

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