THE DINDOSHI police registered a case of forgery and cheating against unidentified agents on Saturday after 66 parents approached them with complaints.
The parents, who had applied for admission for their children under the Right to Education Act, said the agents had charged them huge amounts in return for bogus income certificates. Gayatri Gupta, a parent from Malad east seeking admission for her son, said she had paid Rs 3,000 to an agent last year after the latter promised the certificate in a couple of days. “He (the agent) said the process of getting an income certificate would take 15-20 days but he could get it done in a couple of days,” she said.
She said she had submitted the certificate online during admissions last year but realised that it was fake after the school told her so this April. “I was told by the school management that my son’s admission had been cancelled because the income certificate we had submitted was bogus,” she said.
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According to the police, the parents were vying for 25 per cent seats reserved for the Economically Weaker Sections under RTE at five ICSE-board schools run by the Goenka Education Trust in Goregaon East.
Inspector Ravi Adane said the parents had obtained the income certificates, declaring that they belong to the EWS, through agents and submitted those at the schools while seeking admission. “The schools sent the certificates to the tehsildar office for scrutiny. But the tehsildar said the certificates were bogus,” he said.
Rubina Patel, another parent, said she had taken an agent’s help in 2013 after many of her neighbours in the E-ward slums had successfully gained admission for their children through the agent. “The agent had a reputation for getting income certificates in time in the area. I came to know about him through word-of-mouth and later sought his help for my daughter’s admission to nursery in 2013. I only found out that the certificate was fake this year,” said Patel.
“The schools are not responsible for the certificates. When we asked the parents, they said they do not know who the agents are,” he said. The police are looking for the agents.