At least 122 students had procured fake degrees
Something between Rs 35,000 and Rs 2.5 lakh were charged for issuing fake degrees and marksheets of SSC and undergraduate as well as post-graduate courses of 20 universities.
Rajkot: Investigation into the fake degree and marksheet scam busted in Jamnagar last week has revealed shocking details about how at least 122 students, mostly from Gujarat, used this illegal mean.
Samir Sarda, investigating officer, said, “Our investigation has revealed that at least 122 students had procured fake degrees from the accused. The racket is spread across the country and the accused made fake degree certificates of 20 universities and three school boards. Their network is spread in Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and other states. A team has been sent to Delhi for further probe.”
The racket was exposed on June 11 with the arrest of 29-year-old woman Deepika Upadhyay, her father Pushkar Upadhyay (58), both residents of Sadhuvasvani Road in Rajkot; Saurabh Singh Rajput (25) and Rohit Pandey (25), both from Uttar Pradesh.
Sarda told that 75 got the fake degrees from the scamsters’ Rajkot branch and 72 from Jamnagar office. “Most of them are from Gujarat and some from other states. Many are even working at private companies,” he said, adding all are now facing arrest.
Investigation also revealed that the accused had issued 44 fake marksheets of class XII and class X, 14 diplomas, 11 degrees of pharmacy, 10 of BTech, five degrees each of BCom and MBA, four BA degrees, three diplomas each of MCA and PG, two BSc degrees besides one each of PhD, homeopathy, library science, BCA, BAMS, teachers training certificate, fire safety, LLB, Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Technology (BMLT).
In all, the accused have pocketed nearly Rs 30 lakh from these 122 students.
Police said that they will now be tightening the noose around all these students who have procured fake degrees. The scamsters operated through 14 agents spread across the states and they promised fake degree certificates ranging from class X to BAMS. They used to hack the website of universities and prepare fake degrees that looked like original ones.
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The kingpins were operating in the garb of running an education institute under the name Dreams Education with offices in Rajkot and Jamnagar for the last three years.
“We have alerted the district health officers of respective districts to take appropriate action against those found practising without degrees,” said an official.
Police said that the accused used to charge anywhere between Rs 35,000 and Rs 2.5 lakh for issuing fake degrees and marksheets of SSC and undergraduate as well as post-graduate courses of 20 universities.
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