Fake certificate racket busted,2 held

A laptop and printer-cum-scanner too has been seized from the accused.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 6, 2013 1:12:02 am

Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested two persons for running a fake marksheet racket and recovered at least nine marksheets of different institutions from them.

A laptop and printer-cum-scanner too has been seized from the accused.

The men – Naresh Kumar (25) and Vineet Sharma (25) – were arrested after Crime Branch received specific information that a racket involved in producing fake certificates and marksheets was being run under the garb of an institute,Indraprastha International Polytechnic,in Vikaspari in West Delhi.

According to police,Sharma posed as the director of the institute and prepared fake certificates and marksheets for different courses of various institutions.

“We sent a policeman as decoy customer with a numbered currency note,while another police officer acted as a shadow witness. A deal was stuck for Rs 5,000 for a Class XII certificate and he paid Rs 1,000 as an advance. Sharma also showed the decoy five certificates as samples. Following this,a raid was conducted and the material were seized,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.

During questioning,Sharma told police that he would get the fake certificates made from Kumar,who is an IGNOU graduate and runs a coaching centre,Maha Laxmi College in Om Vihar in West Delhi’s Uttam Nagar locality.

Subsequently,Kumar was also arrested.

Kumar,police said,was the mastermind of the racket and had got in touch with one Yogesh over three years ago.

“Yogesh had promised to sell him certificates for classes X and XII classes for Rs 7,000 each. Since Kumar was coaching students,he was in touch with those who were ready to buy such certificates. Gradually,he learnt to prepare these certificates,” Yadav said.

The duo were selling fake class XII certificates for Rs 7,000 each,police said. A Bachelor’s degree was available for Rs 15,000-20,000.

A degree in Law could be got for anywhere between Rs 25000 and Rs 1 lakh. Kumar then lured Vineet into the racket since the latter also runs a coaching centre.

The accused used to provide fake degrees and certificates of University of Sikkim,Akhil Bharitya Shiksha Parishad (UP),and Madhya Pradesh State Open School Bhopal (Higher Secondary School Certificate Exam),among others,police said.

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