The Fraud and Misappropriation wing of the Central Crime Branch has arrested a 47-year-old man, who was not only running an unauthorised study centre in Indiranagar, but also selling fake degree certificates.

The accused, identified as Suryanarayana Sharma Veliveti, a native of Hyderabad, had issued thousands of fake degree certificates and marks cards of Periyar University of Tamil Nadu and CMJ University of Meghalaya, for five years, before he was arrested on Thursday.

“He promised his clients any degree from reputed universities within 45 days for Rs. 50,000, to help secure jobs in Bangalore,” the police said.

According to officials, Mr. Sharma was running his study centre claiming affiliation from universities, including those from Meghalaya and Tamil Nadu, under the banner ‘SSV Postgraduate College, Karnataka University and Hiworth Education Society’.

“He promised students that he would get degree certificates through distance learning in 45 days and made them write exams at his centre and provide them key answer sheets along with the question papers,” said a police official from the CCB, who was part of the raid.

The accused even placed ads online to get clients, the police said. The CCB officials have confiscated several documents from his centre, including question and answer scripts and fake marks card of Periyar and CMJ universities, and cash. The police are trying to track his clients.