'DU officials may be involved in caste certificate scam'
Mid-Day.com, Updated: June 28, 2011 11:07 IST
New Delhi: The smaller fish are in the net, it's time to go after the
big ones. Crime Branch of Delhi Police is planning to question some
officials of SC/ST cell of Delhi University in connection with fake
certificates scam that was unearthed last week.
The kingpin of the gang Himanshu Gupta has told the police that they
used to deposit applications, getting the NOC (no objection
certificate) with SC/ST cell of DU. "Some official from SC/ST cell
must be helping them; otherwise they would not have been able to
operate. Police will soon call the staff of SC/ST cell for
questioning," said the police official.
The official added that this year around 31 students approached
Himanshu Gupta for fake certificates. "12 students were given fake
caste certificates. The accused had filled applications for eight
students when they were held by crime branch while they were about to
deposit NOC forms for 13 more students," he said.
The official said that they have checked two laptops belonging to
Himanshu Gupta. "In 2009 they provided fake certificates to four
students while in 2010 they 'helped' eight others. Police is
conducting raids in Gurgaon to nab Satish, an aide of the accused," he
Police have identified all the students who have got fake certificates
through this gang. Cops have written letters to respective principals
in this regard to verify the status of these candidates and have
sought a report. Police also examined the bank account of Himanshu
On Saturday, Crime Branch of Delhi Police arrested three persons in
this connection with the scam. Cops said that Himanshu Gupta (26), son
of a Merchant Navy official is the kingpin of the gang while two
others - Vikas (24) and Ketan Gupta (24) - were assisting him. They
used to charge Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh for securing each admission.
Police recovered 12 fake caste certificates, admission forms and two
cars from their possession.
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