On Wednesday, the Delhi Police arrested three people for running a fake education board syndicate in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and other states. An official from Delhi Police said the trio had been identified as Altaf Raja aged 23, Shambhu Nath Mishra aged 46, and Manoj Kumar aged 32. All three belonged to Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria and Balrampur districts and were arrested over a span of 12 days in separate raids, he added.
The accused reportedly cheated more than 10,000 students from different states by distributing fake mark sheets and certificates of their fake education board. In addition, they created more than 23 fake websites during the scam. Rajiv Ranjan, the Additional Director of Police (Crime) said that on September 9 the police received information that Raja and his team members were running an education board named Board of Higher Secondary Education in the Vikaspuri region of Delhi.
The trio claimed their board was accredited and thus distributed certified documents of Class 10 and 12. The documents would be prepared in a period of 2 to 3 months and they would quote prices between INR 5000 to INR 10,000 for each document. After which they would collect the details of students on Whatsapp and payment would be made into their bank accounts the officer said. The police also received a complaint from the Directorate of Education of Delhi regarding the same matter, he added. Soon after which the police started an investigation, in which they sent a fake customer and Altaf Raja was caught while giving him the fake certificate, he said.
During the investigation, Altaf Raja was granted a 10-day police remand and the other accomplices Shambhu Nath Mishra and Manoj Kumar- both school owners in Deoria, were apprehended from their Uttar Pradesh locations., Ranjan added.
Earlier in September 2017, Altaf Raja along with an accomplice Pandey was arrested for creating and selling fake board certificates in the East Delhi’s Geeta colony region, the police said. But after coming out of jail, Altaf Raja started the same syndicate only at a much larger scale. His accomplice Pandey is reportedly still in jail in connection to the case.
After further investigation, the police was also able to track another incident where a person named Rampal- based in Rampur, who claimed to have procured the mark sheets and certificates of class 10 and 12 under his name from other fake board representatives. Rampal and three other people were arrested by the police for submitting illegal documents during a verification procedure held in relation to the 2018 UP Police recruitments, Ranjan said.
The police confiscated a huge number of fake mark sheets, certificates (both provisional and original), migration certificates, nominal rolls, answer sheets, board question papers, a register containing student records, as well as Class 10 and 12 passing certificates from their possession. Ranjan said the trio would allure students who could not pass 10th and 12th examinations by assuring them that they will get genuine certificates and mark sheets at reasonable prices. With the arrest of the trio and other agents, the police believe they have ended the fake education board scam.