The Crime Branch investigation into the Delhi University admission racket has revealed that 10 students from Sri Venkateswara College admitted this year had submitted forged documents. Police have informed the principal of the college about their findings.
Last week, the police had arrested a second-year student of the college and his associates Arvind Yadav and Daya Ram in connection with the case. The second-year student had also submitted forged marksheets which he had procured from Yadav and Ram. Police said the student used to help the two find clients.
Based on information provided by Yadav, police had written to the principal of the college and asked for the documents submitted by the 10 students. On verification, the documents were found to be forged, police said.
While some of them had submitted forged marksheets, others had given fake OBC certificates. In one case, a fake disability certificate with the stamp of a doctor from Bara Hindu Rao Hospital showed a student with weak eyesight and a visibility of less than 60 per cent, police said.
The Crime Branch has now written to all colleges under the Delhi University, seeking details of students who submitted marksheets from DAV Inter College in Agra. Sources said the forged certificates made by Yadav and Ram had the name of this college.
“It appears that the gang used the name of DAV Inter College, Agra, on the forged certificates. It is possible that several other students have taken admission with forged marksheets that have the name of this college. Once we get the details from all colleges, we will verify the papers and then take action,” a senior police officer said.
Venkateswara College management said they had followed all procedures while verifying the documents at the time of admission. Confirming police findings, principal Hemlata Reddy denied the role of any college officials in the racket.
“The admissions are confirmed once the competent authority issuing the certificates certifies the document. The certificates provided to us looked genuine and were laminated. We had sent these documents to the concerned authority for verification. It usually takes a month or two,” she said.
Reddy also said the 10 admissions were made recently.
“According to university rules, after the admission process is complete, all colleges are expected to declare the number of seats vacant under each category. We also took out a list of vacant seats under each category. These 10 students were admitted in this manner,” she said.