City police investigation into the dummy students racket case has revealed that suspects of the case were also allegedly operating a racket of passing students who failed in different University of Pune (UoP) exams,by getting their marks increased during answer paper re-evaluation.
The Cantonment police have recovered names of about 16 students who are believed to have paid money to suspects Gaus Shabbir Shaikh (40) and Salim Majid Shaikh (42) for getting their marks increased in the April 2012 examination. The students who had reportedly failed in this exam later passed as their marks increased during the re-evaluation process,police said.
Sources said the suspects accepted Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 from students who failed in various exams. Police suspect that money was shared with some staff in the examination department of UoP for allegedly getting the marks increased during answer paper re-evaluation. It is being probed whether teachers who checked the answer papers for re-evaluation were also involved. Police on Monday questioned some UoP staff in this connection.
Meanwhile,the university has formed a three-member fact-finding committee to probe into the dummy students racket and related issues.
A team led by senior inspector Bhanupratap Barge of the Crime Branch and inspector Nitin Jadhav of Cantonment police station had arrested Farid Parvez Sayyad (23) of Mithanagar,Kondhwa,for allegedly appearing as dummy student in place of Karvan Ahmed Sohail for the S Y BCom examination for Cost and Works Accountancy at Poona College on October 9.
Investigations revealed that Sayyad earlier appeared as a dummy student for a business management paper in place of a foreign student pursuing BCom at a college in Pune Camp area. Police are questioning the foreign student hailing from Afghanistan.
Police have recovered 28 original marksheets of UoP and 10 examination hall tickets from Gaus. Inspector Jadhav said they had arrested Gauss accomplice Shaikh of Mithanagar,Kondhwa on October 13. Salim was remanded in police custody till October 20 by the Cantonment court.
UoP V-C W N Gade said immediately after the case came to the fore,an internal committee was set up to look into the matter.
UoP Registrar Captain C M Chitale said,We reacted immediately to the dummy students issue as it is very serious. Looking into the issue of re-evaluation is not in the mandate of the committee now. But if any more facts come to the fore during the inquiry,we will probe them completely.