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In the net: The three accused with the seized property in Bangalore on Friday.
In the net: The three accused with the seized property in Bangalore on Friday.

Staff Reporter

3,500 certificates, laptop, seals, Rs. 1.52 lakh recovered

BANGALORE: Continuing their clampdown on the documents racket, the city police arrested three persons allegedly involved in creation of fake university degrees.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police arrested Suresh Kadam (27), Harish (26), both from Hyderabad, and Padmini Srinath (39) of Vijayanagar. They are on the lookout for G. Srinivasa Reddy, chairman of Shri Venkateshwara Educational Trust of Mahalakshmipuram.

The police recovered 3,500 fake B.Sc., B.A., B.Com., BBA, BCA, B. Tech, MBA and M.Tech certificates, purportedly of University of Lucknow, Charan Singh University in Meerut, Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj University, Magadh University in Bodhgaya, G.G. University, Bundelkhand University in Jhansi, University of Technology and Sciences, Madhyamik Shiksha Parishat in Uttar Pradesh and Board of Higher Secondary Education in New Delhi.

The police recovered a laptop, seals and Rs. 1.52 lakh in cash.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) S.N. Sidramappa said Reddy, the prime accused in the racket, was running distance education courses of Periyar University, Dravidian University, JNR University in Rajasthan, and Mission University. He said Reddy was charging between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 1 lakh for the fake certificates. The police recovered registers with names of the persons who had obtained the certificates. “We are looking into the alleged involvement of university officials,” Mr. Sidramappa said.

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