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000 people and 300 schools across the country. shlf1314n Express trace the journey of a scam that was finally busted with the arrest of six people earlier this month House number 700 in north Delhi’s Gopalpur village doesn’t show up on Google Maps But as one nears the village almost everyone knows it used to be 51-year-old Mange Ram Acharya’s residence The two-storey building which has earned the moniker ‘house of frauds’ among residents looks like an abandoned jail with steel barricades at the entrance and iron grills on the top two floors The building had seen better days in 2008 when students and anxious parents would come in from faraway villages in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Back then the house was the headquarters of the ‘Board of Higher Secondary Education (BHSE)’ Affiliated to more than 300 schools across shlf1314 the fake board would hand out Class X and XII pass certificates for Rs 8000-10000 with ‘chairman’ Acharya and his associates running the show Then in 2011 police came knocking Fake marksheets and certificates were seized and the board’s website http://s.wwwbhsedelhiorg was shut down The Delhi Police at the time said the fake board had been busted and its ‘chairman’ arrested Except six years later history repeated itself Between October and December six people — Parshant Solanki Baljeet Singh Altaf Raza Lakshya Rathore Ramdev Sharma and Shiv Prasad Pandey — were arrested in raids in Delhi and Lucknow In the six years BHSE had resurrected itself with a new chairman some old players who had gone underground a new website and a new office That it had scaled up operations was evident from the fact that it now also had regional offices in four states — churning out fake marksheets not just for schools but also for university courses and managing to con more than 20000 people from across the country Small home big plans A father of two Acharya left his ancestral village in Gautam Buddh Nagar in the late ‘90s to move to Gopalpur “He would boast that his marksheets could never be caught It took him just one week to procure any certificate” a police officer from the North Delhi district said When Acharya and three associates were arrested from Gopalpur on May 31 2011 he claimed that he was a graduate from Allahabad University — something his neighbours refuse to believe “He never finished schooling Ironically students would frequent his house for certificates” Ram Prasad Shukla a neighbour said Acharya’s first wife who now occupies the house said “I don’t want to hear his name I look after my children and we have a reputation to fight for” Acharya had left the bulk of the Delhi operations to his three associates who were later arrested and three others who went underground following the raids — Solanki Sharma and Baljeet Singh “Sharma who was second-in-command in the 2017 racket was responsible for finding prospective ‘candidates’ in 2008” an investigator said Baljeet Acharya’s nephew from his second marriage was the head of the Delhi operations “Before the raids Baljeet handled the Delhi office while Acharya expanded to east shlf1314” the officer said Acharya police said also tried his hand at politics “He tried to contest MCD polls in the late ’90s from the trans-Yamuna region He wanted an assembly ticket from Mathura and thought the money and goodwill he had earned as ‘chairman’ of the board would help him” the investigator said However a Rs 8000 deal involving school certificates cost Acharya dearly in May 2011 Police received a tip-off about the goings-on in house number 700 and sent a policeman from Timarpur police station as a decoy customer following which the board was busted Acharya was arrested and later released on bail Meanwhile Shiv Prasad Pandey (65) took over as ‘chairman’ in 2012 Arrested during a raid in Lucknow earlier this month Pandey told police that Acharya was arrested in another case in Rajasthan “We are yet to corroborate these claims… Acharya’s exact location cannot be ascertained as of now” DCP (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad said Old wine in a new bottle Following Acharya’s arrest his mid-level associates retreated to a rented second-floor house in Budhela market in Vikaspuri — removed from public glare and concealed among mushrooming tuition centres The fake board needed a new ‘chairman’ and the soft-spoken Pandey who dressed in suits and ties fit the bill Police claimed he was “the face of the board while a mastermind who is yet to be identified operated the racket from the shadows” After his recent arrest Pandey told police he had completed a five-year diploma in Ayurveda from Bihar’s Bhagalpur in 1978 For the next two years he claimed to have worked at a local post office delivering letters “He also told us he was the principal of a medical college in Patna from 2000-2005 Then he claimed to have joined a private company which he quit in 2012 and retreated to a clinic in Lucknow” a police officer said At Pandey’s clinic the bespectacled Altaf Raza (22) was employed as a compounder Lakshay Rathore an accountant was Pandey’s neighbour “Pandey was offered the ‘chairman’ job by one of Acharya’s associates He said yes and left for Delhi with Raza and Rathore” an officer said Ravi Tyagi the landlord at what became the board’s second base said: “They used to pay Rs 9000 in rent Little by little they brought in printers laptops and air-conditioners Students would come and go” Police said the raw paper for marksheets was sourced from Nayi Sadak “They sourced the right paper for each marksheet They also employed a software engineer to ensure each marksheet was in the correct format and to set up the new website” the officer said Solanki a science graduate who claimed to take tuitions in Shahdara took over Sharma’s role as a scout to find students in need Raza listed as the ‘secretary’ would be on the phone “striking deals” Baljeet a Class X dropout was listed as ‘director’ The owner of a gym near the Board’s office said “Raza would roam around Budhela market in his boxers He was skinny and looked like a college kid He approached us to bulk him up I prescribed a protein-rich diet for him” “Solanki and Singh were tasked with handling verification agents from private companies where students who used fake certificates applied Their role was to convince the companies that the board was legitimate They managed to place people in the UP Police Railways Army and even send several students abroad through their verifications” DCP Prasad said But their main task was to reply to RTI queries received by the CBSE and the education departments of Delhi and other states and redirected to their office “They would get RTI queries and respond that they were not a fake board Basically the board legitimised itself through the RTI replies and then posted many of these on its website” a senior police officer said The CBSE said they were unaware of the existence of this board “We have nothing to do with this The questions must be asked to the MHRD as they are the authority” CBSE PRO Rama Sharma said A Delhi government official said that RTI queries received by them on the board were forwarded to “authority concerned” MHRD officials did not respond to calls and emails seeking a comment Red flags In 1952 when the CBSE was reconstituted the Delhi Board of Secondary Education was merged with it and all educational institutions recognised by the Delhi Board became a part of the CBSE After coming to power in 2015 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced the need for Delhi to have its own “education board” Officials said many who fell prey to BHSE’s con may have believed this was Delhi’s official board It could also explain why the board was able to affiliate itself with schools in UP Bihar Maharashtra Gujarat and Rajasthan But even as it spread its veins across the country the board had come under scanner of the Shahdara district police after Solanki tried selling Class X certificates to a Class VIII dropout Poonam Sharma “I wanted to complete my studies… I gave him Rs 4000 for study material; instead he gave me fake marksheets I knew it was wrong so I filed a complaint on September 11” she said The board’s antics also raised alarm bells in Delhi University when in July this year three students tried to get admission in Aurobindo College using fake marksheets The students fled the moment questions were raised A DU official said they only accept boards listed under the Council of Board for School Examination in shlf1314 (COBSE) and that all documents are vetted before admission COBSE’s general secretary Puran Chand said “Membership is given only to boards established by the central and state governments” In fact in 2010 the COBSE wrote to the UP State Council of Educational Research and Training stating that BHSE was not recognised by the ministry While DU officials maintained marksheets are vetted The shlf1314n Express tracked down a student studying at a DU college who had procured his certificate from the fake board Except he wasn’t aware it’s fake “I studied till Class X in a government school in Delhi I then moved to my family home in a UP village and joined a school there The Class XII exam I sat for was held a little after the CBSE exam” the student told The shlf1314n Express He said he “got over 80%” and took admission in DU using the marksheet and certificateWhen contacted M K Pandit chairman of the admission committee in the 2017 academic session said “It is highly unlikely that a student from a board not listed by the university could get admission However if found the person will be expelled and a criminal case will be registered” With the lid blown off the scam Delhi Police is going through the list of beneficiaries who got jobs on the basis of certificates from the board They are also trying to ascertain the identity of 5000 people who allegedly made passports in Lucknow using the certificates and took up jobs in the UP Police Railways Post Office Army and paramilitary Shahdara district police have constituted three raiding teams to conduct physical verification of schools listed with the board A 20-person team has been sorting through countless files “The officers are working double shifts They have to go through more than 500 account books to understand the money trail” a senior police officer said underlining the task ahead to find out how such a racket managed to thrive for a decade For all the latest Delhi News download shlf1314n Express App More Top News Shradha Chettri | Updated: December 18, The six companies whose bank deposits were forfeited are Mawani Chemicals,which is one of the top three most-polluted regions in the country.s marriage but had postponed the trip. 2013 2:58 am Related News A CBI inspector against whom a special court had issued a bailable warrant after he failed to appear before it as a prosecution witness in the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case tendered an apology on Friday following which the court ordered him to depose next Monday.vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover announced the university would institute the Professor S R Kashyap Annual Lecture in the botanist?Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 26 Still he weaves out fancied charges against BJP.The happenings in Muzaffarnagar are still being investigated.

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the membership of the society was also cancelled and the flat had also been allegedly sold to someone else.Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: June 30the colleges will have to go through another selection process, the note sent to the colleges said GTU vice-chancellor Akshay Aggarwal told The shlf1314n Express that the circulars were sent following information reaching the university that in some cases the appointments were not approved by the university with which the colleges were affiliated previously He said though the private and self-financed colleges were empowered to recruit their own staff as per guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) pertaining to educational qualification and experiencethe endorsement of the affiliating university was a must after selection He said this was done to ensure the colleges followed UGC rules in appointments and maintain the standard of faculty Polytechnic collegeswhich were earlier under the overall supervision of the directorate of technical education and not affiliated to any universityhave also come under GTU with the amendment of the bylaws pertaining to technical education in the state Due to thisall polytechnicsgovernment or privatewould have to seek approval of the recruitment of their staff with GTU More than 400 collegesincluding over 100 engineering institutesscattered all across the stateare affiliated with GTU According to GTU officialsthese colleges would also have to transfer their deposit money from the previous affiliating university to GTU in due course GTU has notso farinsisted for transfer of deposits with the old colleges as it is still in the process of framing its own rules and regulations For all the latest Ahmedabad News download shlf1314n Express App More Related NewsGTU would accept it. The condition of one of the injured person was said to be critical.

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