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IELTS Scam: Three from education consultancy firm in Gujarat held for forging IELTS marksheets

Gujarat Police had launched a probe at the behest of US authorities after four Indians with IELTS scores between 6.5 and 7 could not speak in English in court.

Accused Manish Zaveri, Jitendra Thakor and Nirav Wakharia were booked under several sections of the IPC. (Representational/File)

Three persons associated with an overseas education consultancy firm in Ahmedabad in Gujarat were arrested on Saturday for allegedly forging marksheets to help students secure admission in institutes abroad, Gujarat police said.

An owner of the office of the firm identified as Uniworld Education in Ahmedabad and his two associates have been arrested for changing marks in subjects like English, in which good scores are needed to get admission abroad, an official said.

“The accused were involved in making fake marksheets of students planning to go abroad to pursue studies. They were changing marks in subjects like English, scores of which need to be high for securing admission,” Inspector Sumit Rajput of Ellisbridge police station said.

“During the raid conducted at the premises of the coaching centre on a tip off, we recovered 31 marksheets of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board and Saurashtra University for BBE course,” he said.

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The trio would first get original marksheets of the students wishing to go abroad, then take out the logo with signature from the original marksheets and paste them on the fake marksheets to make them appear original, Rajput said.

Accused Manish Zaveri, Jitendra Thakor and Nirav Wakharia were booked under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467, 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he said.”The accused were charging hefty amounts for this work. We have seized Rs 23.75 lakh cash, computer sets, mobile phones etc in the raid,” Rajput informed.

First published on: 13-08-2022 at 09:26:48 pm
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