The crime branch unearthed a major fake admissions racket in Delhi University colleges and arrested a gang of four, including a DU student, who are suspected to have secured admissions of around 100 candidates on forged doc uments in the past two years.
Twenty-two bogus admissions have been confirmed till now, including some from top North Campus colleges such as Hindu and Kirori Mal. Over a dozen more cases are in the process of being verified, joint commissioner (crime) Ravindra Yadav told, adding that the figure is expected to rise.
The gang secured admissions by forging marksheets, caste certificates and other papers. Several college officials, who allegedly connived with the suspects, will soon be arrested, police said.
“The maximum bogus admissions, 10 of them, have been detected at Bhagat Singh College in the first phase of investigation, and three each in Aurobindo College (evening) and Dayal Singh (morning and evening). One such admission each has been unearthed from Hindu, KMC and a few other colleges,“ Yadav said. Last year, a similar racket was busted in Bhagat Singh College while another major scam involving several colleges was unearthed in 2011.
The cops are looking for Inderjeet alias Kaku, a key player in the racket, who claims to be the secretary of the youth wing of a political party.
“A team led by ACP KPS Malhotra has arrested Sunil Panwar alias Guruji, 41, Ranchit Khurana, 30, Praveen Jha, 35, and Juber, a secondyear student at Aurobindo College. A large number of forged mark-sheets, degrees, certificates, computers, and printers, 40 stamps of different universities, education boards, and colleges, and forged signature seals of the authorized signatories has been recovered,“ addl commissioner (crime) Alok Kumar said.
Inderjeet has turned out to be an old player, whose name had figured in a previous admission racket in 2011. Cops o refused to elaborate on his exs act role but confirmed that he was absconding since a raid at his house. Police are using a l photograph of him from a s hoarding to track him down. f “The racketeers used to charge Rs 3 to 7 lakh for get ting a prospective student ad mitted in a college and course of choice. The documents o students who are suspected to have used forged papers are being obtained from their col leges. The racketeers have said they have been operating for the past three years,“ said DCP (crime) Bhisham Singh.
Police blew the lid off the scam after an informer tipped off cops a month ago. On July 29, ASIs Dharmender and Vishal received information that three persons involved in getting students admitted in prestigious colleges would come to the Malviya Nagar market in an Ertiga car. Accordingly , a team led by inspector Pankaj Singh laid a trap and arrested the suspects.
During interrogation, it was revealed that Sunil Panwar and Juber tapped prospective candidates and passed on the `cases' to Ranchit, who got forged documents prepared from one Praveen Jha. Jha has been arrested as well.
The four accused were produced before a magistrate on Thursday who sent them to police custody for seven days.
A Racket That Foxed All
College Name Admission
Hindu College 1
Kirorimal College 1
Aurobindo College (Evening) 3
Dyal Singh College (Evening) 2
Dyal Singh College (Morning) 1
Ram Lal Anand College 1
DAV College 1
Bhagat Singh College 10
Kamala Nehru College 1
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