An engineering and medical admission racket was busted here on Saturday,with four persons being arrested and some incriminating material and cash worth lakhs seized.
The Crime Branch police have arrested Rohankumar Ajaykumar Singh,Chandrashekhar Lodhi,Ranjana Bagde and Rajashree Gajbhiye from the Gokulpeth locality of the city,where they were operating the racket under the name R S Academy. The police seized fake documents,list of students and Rs 13 lakh from their possession. The arrested have been remanded in police custody.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam told The Indian Express: The racket was about providing students with fake certificates of Xaviers International University,Goa and Xaviers Seniors Secondary School,Mumbai and helping them secure admissions to engineering and medical colleges across many states.
Sources added,The racketeers were also listed by some of these institutions as their admission agents on their websites.
Kadam said,We had information about the racket,based on which we send two bogus customers and followed it up till admissions stage. The two students were admitted to Tulshiram-Patil Gaekwad College of Engineering near Nagpur… We have strong indications about some of these institutions also being hand-in-glove with the racketeers. We are investigating further.
The racketeers,according to Kadam,used to get up to Rs 50,000 per certificate and two basic certificates used to be managed – marksheet of Standard XII and school leaving certificate.
Asked if there are any linkages of the racket in other states,Kadam said,We dont yet know for sure. But sources revealed that the racket may have been operating across many states,including UP,MP,West Bengal,New Delhi,Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.