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Cops bust fake certificate racket in Pune

Marksheets, pass certificates of varsities in MP, Rajasthan, UP were up for sale; 2 under lens

Police have seized certificates, stamps of universities and cash. They have also identified two bank accounts where the money coming from candidates used to be deposited. They have identified some people who have been issued marksheets and pass certificates and recorded some of their statements too. (Express photo) Police have seized certificates, stamps of universities and cash. They have also identified two bank accounts where the money coming from candidates used to be deposited. (Express photo)

The property cell of Pune city police crime branch has busted a suspected racket in which marksheets and passing certificates of classes 10 and 12, and degree courses of some universities from outside Maharashtra were fraudulently given in lieu of money without the person having to appear for any examination.

The sleuths received a tip-off from their informants that an institution named Sarasvati College, which operates from a small space in a building on MG Road in Camp, was giving marksheets and pass certificates of universities and educational institutes in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in lieu of money.

Senior police inspector Sushma Chavan, who heads the cell, said, “When a team from the cell visited the institute’s office, a woman identified as Ujjwala Satish Kamat told us that they were giving admissions to interested candidates for distant learning programmes and were issuing degrees of certain universities.

But based on our investigation into the case, we believe that one more suspect in the case named Parveen Singh, who is a resident of Mumbai, has been running a racket of giving away fraudulent degree certificates in collusion with Kamat.”

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Chavan further said, “We have seized some certificates, stamps of the universities and cash from the office. We have also identified two bank accounts where the money coming from candidates used to be deposited. As of now, we have identified some people who have been issued marksheets and pass certificates by the two suspects for money. We have recorded some of their statements too. We have now sent our teams to these universities to find out how their certificates were procured by the two.”

Police are yet to make arrests in the case but Chavan said that the role of both the suspects has been confirmed. They would be put behind bars within a few days, she said. Senior police officials said that the two have been operating since 2005 and may have issued hundreds of such marksheets and pass certificates in return of money.

“We believe that there a multi-layered racket that has been operating in this case. We have got several leads which we are working on and we expect to make more arrests in the case further after a thorough investigation,” an officer said.

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 05:26:10 am
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