Days after an alleged fake EWS school admissions racket was unearthed, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested another alleged kingpin for running a similar scam. Neeraj Sharma, police said, secured admissions for around 10 students in two leading private schools, including Bal Bharati School, Pitampura.
Investigation, police said, has revealed that Sharma was earning a small income of Rs 10,000 per month. But once he started running the EWS racket, he got around Rs 5 lakh per admission.
Police said one of the leading private schools had cancelled around eight admissions in the current academic session after they came to know that the students had used forged documents. “Sharma (24) is a graduate from Delhi and lives in the Buddha Vihar area,” an officer said.
“Sharma does not have any criminal history. Earlier, he worked with a loan collection company in Rajendra Nagar and then with a glove manufacturing company,” a police officer said.
It was after a meeting with Mukesh Sharma — the kingpin of the fake EWS racket arrested last week — that Sharma got in this line of work.
Explaining his modus operandi, police said he used to take the voter identity card and two photographs from the parents and used to forge a duplicate voter identity card with fake address within a kilometre of a school.
“He used to charge money according to the parents’ economic status — between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh — after the child was selected in the lucky draw,” the officer said.