Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] DU fake certificates: Parents to be charged

DU fake certificates: Parents to be charged
Neeraj Chauhan, TNN | Jul 20, 2011, 04.31am IST

NEW DELHI: Weeks after a major admission racket in Delhi University
was busted, Delhi Police is now investigating the role played by the
parents of the students who sought admission to DU colleges by
presenting fake SC/ST certificates.

Three agents and two DU employees have been already arrested in the case.

The crime branch has questioned the parents of the 13 students
involved in the racket and recovered several documents, relating to
payments made to scam kingpin Himanshu Gupta, from their possession.
Crime branch sources now say "the parents would be named in the

The parents paid amounts ranging between Rs 2.5 to Rs 5 lakh to Gupta
and two other touts – Vikas Khanna and Ketan Gupta – for SC/ST
certificates that would allow their children to seek admission in
prestigious colleges under the reserved category.

Senior Delhi Police officials say they "have not arrested the parents
because they are still collecting evidence in the case" and are yet to
arrest Satish, an employee at the Ghaziabad Tehsil.

"The parents against whom we will find evidence of making payments to
agents would be chargesheeted under section 120B (criminal
conspiracy). We have spoken to all of them. Some of them have admitted
to paying the money while a few others will have to be questioned
again," said an officer. In an effort to jog their memory, the police
have questioned some parents in the presence of accused Gupta and
Khanna as well.

The department is also scanning call records of the parents because
they reportedly kept in touch with the racketeers over the phone. "The
parents were aware that what they were doing was illegal. They paid
for their kids' admissions knowingly," said an officer.

During the interrogation of Gupta, the police learnt that he had
facilitated admissions by provided fake certificates under SC/ST
category in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Most of the students who availed of
his services during these years also belonged to affluent families.

The racket came to light in the middle of June when crime branch
officials arrested Himanshu Gupta and two others for facilitating
students admission, through the reserved category in prominent DU
colleges, by providing them fake SC/ST certificates.

During the probe, the police learnt 12 students had gained admission
this year through this dubious route in colleges such as SRCC, Kirori
Mal, Sri Venkateshwara, Kamla Nehru and Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Moti Lal
Nehru and College of Vocational Studies.


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