A Correspondent

KALPETTA: A police team led by K. Muhammed Shaffi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mananthavadi, on Tuesday, arrested a youth on charge of running a computer institute by misusing the name of State government and making fake computer course certificates.

The identity of the arrested person has been given as Hariprasad, 29, Mandapathil , Pokkalamthody at Feroke in Kozhikode. The institute in Pulpally was raided and 65 bogus computer certificates seized. The arrested posed as a franchisee of Kerala State Thozhil Vikasana Corporation, a bogus firm functioning as a government corporation, Mr. Shaffi said.

Kingpin held in capital

The police had arrested two persons, including the kingpin of the racket, during a raid at the head office of the bogus corporation in Thiruvananthapuram a few days ago, Mr. Shaffi said.

Mr. Shaffi said the racket lured students by informing them by post that the corporation had selected them for studying computer courses conducted by it at a discounted fee. Moreover, the students were offered a scholarship of Rs.6,500 at the time of interview. The group members had told the candidates that government certificates would be issued upon course completion, Mr. Shaffi said. The accused had misused the State government's name and the emblem of the Central government for making the bogus certificates, Mr. Shaffi added. They were produced before the first class Judicial Magistrate Court, Sulthan Bathery, on Tuesday and the court allowed conditional bail for them. The police said that 196 students had enrolled in the institute at Pulpally alone for computer courses within a month.