Visakhapatnam

Fake certificate racket busted, one arrested

Visakhapatnam DCP Ravi Kumar Murthy exhibiting the fake certificates that were issued to over 400 students by a racketeer in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: arranged pic

The City Task Force team busted a fake certificate racket here on Wednesday. Mamidi Murali Krishna (39) was arrested on the charge of running the racket since 2012.

The racket came to light when Bugatha Karthik Ram (26), son of Sanyasi Rao of Kommadi in Madhurawada, lodged a complaint with the police.

Having failed to clear his B.Tech from a private college, Karthik Ram came in contact with Murali Krishna, who was running an institute by name Mamidi Global Education and HR Solutions Private Limited in the Dwarakanagar area.

It was alleged that Murali Krishna promised to obtain a B.Tech certificate for Karthik for a sum of Rs.1.75 lakh. After receiving Rs. 1.35 lakh, Karthik was given two marks statements of the second semester from Manav Bharati University, Himachal Pradesh.

“When provisional certificates were not given, Karthik grew suspicious and lodged a complaint,” said DCP (Crime) T. Ravi Kumar Murthy.

The police charged Murali Krishna with issuing fabricated certificates to 400 students and amassing wealth of Rs. 3 crore so far.

He is also charged with issuing certificates of Class 10, degree courses, and professional courses too. It is learnt that 250 certificates are waiting to be issued. This apart, 271 applications are pending with him.

The modus operandi is simple. He has close contacts with a few employees of universities such as CMJ University, Meghalaya, Global University, Singania University, Sridhar University, and Sunrise University (all in Rajasthan), Manav Bharati University, Karnataka State Open University, Sobhit University (UP), National Institute of Open Schooling, New Delhi, and Magadh University (MP).

“They facilitate in fabricating the certificates,” the DCP said.

“This appears to be a nation-wide racket. We are trying to ascertain the persons involved in these universities. As of now, we have identified a middleman by name Gaurav of New Delhi,” Mr. Ravi Kumar Murthy said. Gaurav was paid Rs.18.2 lakh by Murali Kirshna in the last six months, he added.

“We are also going through the list of persons who had bought the certificates. If they are employed, the employers will be notified for further action,” said the DCP.

CTF ACP Chitti Babu said that Murali Krishna was caught in 2011 on a similar charge, which, however, could not be proved.


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