Couple arrested for cheating 113 BEd, MEd aspirants

A young couple who allegedly cheated over 100 BEd and MEd aspirants of over Rs 65 lakh were arrested in the national capital, police said on Sunday.

Updated: Feb 28, 2010, 19:26 PM IST

New Delhi: A young couple who allegedly
cheated over 100 BEd and MEd aspirants of over Rs 65 lakh
were arrested in the national capital, police said on Sunday.

Rochak Sharma (28) and his wife Jasmine Sharma (27),
who were putting up in a rented Kothi in the posh locality of
Delta-1 in Greater Noida, were arrested.

Both were absconding and a non-bailable warrant was
issued against them by Delhi High Court, a senior police
official said.

The Crime Branch was investigating a case against them
in which 113 students were cheated of around Rs 65 lakh on the
pretext of giving them degrees of BEd and MEd from Jammu and
Kashmir and Kurkshetra Universities.

The arrest came on a complaint filed by one Simmi
Trehan, a resident of Sector 9 of Rohini that Rochak, the
Director of Dolphin College in Vikaspuri, collected money from
several students who applied for BEd and MEd and but later
closed down the office.

Later, police said, the couple started a new
institution `Sharma College of Education` in Janakpuri and
again allegedly cheated many other aspirants. Again, they shut
the institute without paying the money back.

Rochak was arrested earlier too but his wife Jasmine
managed to get interim bail from the court. The court later
granted bail to both husband and wife when they assured that
they would settle the issue with the victims.

However, instead of settling the issue, they jumped
interim bail and absconded.

"The court had issued non bailable warrants against both
of them and proceedings to declare them proclaimed offenders
were also initiated," the police official said.

The couple then established their new base in Greater
Noida and started luring other aspirants and supplied them
prospectus of various universities and collected money.

They decided to shift from Noida as they sensed people
were getting suspicious of their activities. "They contacted a
few property dealers in Lodhi Road to secure a rented premises
in the institutional area to start another fake institute
named Jasmine Institute of Professional Studies," the official

The two were arrested yesterday from Lodhi Institutional

During interrogation, they told police that they started
the Dolphin College of Teacher Training initially and started
making contacts with the people of various Universities.

"They initially managed to get some bona fide admissions
in the Universities but the commission was very less and they
could not live the lavish life they desired. In order to earn
easy money, they lured BEd and MEd aspirants through
advertisements as these courses were in great demand," the
official said.

A car, seven ATM and credit cards of various multi
national banks, pass books, PAN cards, bank statements,
BEd and MEd related study material, prospectus and gold
jewellery were recovered from them during searches at their