New Delhi: Delhiites and DU aspirants had not even got over the 100 per cent cut-off nightmare that an admission racket has been busted at the Central University.
Three people have been arrested for selling fake caste certificates and helping at least 12 students get admissions in top notch colleges in Delhi University including the prestigious SRCC.
A student who scored 94 per cent took the fake route to secure a seat at the college.
The reason for this is simply explained by the fact, that despite the high cut-offs for the general category, the cut-offs in DU are lower for OBC and SC/ST category students.
What is surprising is the choice of aspirants to try and get into a good DU college by unfair means.
The group behind this racket, which has allegedly been in operation since 2008, cashed in on that desperation charging as much as Rs 5 lakh per student, to procure fake caste certificates for them to get them admission.
The gang was led by Himanshu Gupta, 26, who works as a third officer in the merchant navy, and his associate Ketan Gupta, 24, who works at the tehsildar office in Mehrauli as a data entry operator. Ketan manipulated official records and even uploaded the fake certificates on the government website, so that anyone checking their authenticity could be fooled.
The third gang member, Vikas, 24, is a commerce graduate from DU itself, and cleared the recent university law faculty entrance exam. His job was to lure the students eager to get a DU seat.
The trio's fourth associate, Satish, "issued" certificates from the office of the tehsildar in Ghaziabad. He is on the run.
Himanshu was arrested near a college in the North Campus when he reached there with a girl. His interrogation led to Vikas and Ketan's arrest from Pushp Vihar and Mehrauli respectively.
The racket was exposed after a girl who had secured 91 per cent marks sought their help to get admission in Hansraj College's B.Com course.
"The girl's caste in the forged certificate was mentioned as 'Gujjar' and her residence was shown as Lado Sarai. She is neither a Gujjar nor does she live in Lado Sarai," DCP (crime) Ashok Chand told a newspaper. Police sources revealed the girl had already been admitted to Shaheed Bhagat Singh College on the basis of merit. "But she wanted to join a better institute and paid money to the gang for fake certificates," a policeman said.
The girl's forged caste certificate, an admission form and a bank draft were recovered from Himanshu.
Two cars, bearing the sticker of a leading electronic media channel, 12 admission forms, more forged certificates and Rs 5 lakh in cash were also recovered from the gang.
Having smashed this racket, the Police also allege that more groups might be involved, such as Himanshu’s group, in getting students admitted into DU colleges. They also add that student leaders of political parties and student unions might also be involved.
First Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, 19:23