SURAT: The local crime branch (LCB) sleuths busted a racket of fake marksheet and degrees of different boards and universities by arresting two persons in Navsari town on Sunday. The mastermind is from south Gujarat but is on the run, police said, adding that the scamsters even ensured online authentication of the marksheets and degrees that they sold.
Accused Machhindra alias Ganesh Sudhakar Gudde, 26, and Jagmohan Jogeshwar Kushwaha, 24, both residents of Vijalpor area of Navsari, ran a computer academy. Kushwaha was the academy’s director and Gudde its manager.
“The two accused worked in association with Bhavin Patel, owner of Sardar Patel Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Sanstha and Nilkanth Computer Class. Patel runs the classes from Surat’s Amroli area,” said N P Gohil, police inspector, LCB, Navsari. Police are on a manhunt to nab Patel.
Suraj Kunwar, a resident of Jalalpor, had alerted police about the racket. Kunwar lodged a complaint with LCB after which these classes were raided and fake marksheets and degrees recovered.
Kunwar noticed an advertisement in a newspaper three months ago about am opportunity to clear class X or XII board examinations even if one has not completed his or her school education. Kunwar, who had studied up to class V, wished to appear in class X examination.
He met the duo in their office and they told him that they can help him get the marksheet and certificate of class X even without him appearing for the examination. They told Kunwar that he would have to spend a heavy amount to get a government-approved marksheet. Kunwar changed his mind after filling a form. However, he received a call on February 27 from the accused. They showed him a photo copy of his marksheet when he visited their office and Gudde demanded Rs 30,000 in cash if he wanted its original.
“Kunwar lodged a police complaint. Police raided the classes and recovered a few fake marksheets. The accused also carried out online verification of the marksheets on the website of the board as a part of their fullproof racket,” Gohil said.
“The class X marksheets were issued by the Board of Secondary Education Madhya Bharat Gwalior. Police have begun investigation in the case,” Gohil said.