Police bust inter-state marks card racket

Police bust inter-state marks card racket

The Shivamogga police have busted a marks card racket and nabbed eight persons, including two from Pune. Cases have been registered against nine private educational institutions in the state.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare said the arrested are Tousif Basha (29), Hanumantappa B K (50), residents of Sorab, Praveen Kumar (30), of Hubballi, Vivek Dinakar Patil (35), Vishal Dinakar (31), residents of Pune, Sagar (30), of Sunkadakatte, Bengaluru, Ravi Kumar (30), of KR Puram, Bengaluru and R Gopalakrishna of Bengaluru.

The incident came to light when the Sorab police were investigating the authenticity of the SSLC marks card furnished by Tousif to the Mangaluru passport office. Tousif had submitted, an application along with his class 7th marks card, to the passport office as he planned to travel abroad. However, his application was rejected as he had not submitted the SSLC marks card.

Two months later, he submitted the application, along with the SSLC marks card. Suspecting its authenticity, officials of the passport office sent the marks card to the Shivamogga police for verification. Following this, the Sorab police interrogated him.

During the interrogation, Tousif admitted that he obtained the marks card without appearing for the examination, by paying Rs 12,000 to Hanumantappa, who runs a private tutorial in Sorab.

Khare said three teams were formed to visit Pune, Hubballi and Bengaluru to nab others involved in the case.

The investigation revealed that Hanumantappa had established contact with Praveen Kumar, Vivek Dinakar Patil, Vishal Dinakar Patil and he was purchasing SSLC/PUC certificates for those who paid him the money.

The trio had been selling marks cards of SSLC/PUC in the name of Board of Secondary Education, Maharashtra, for the past three years through distance education centres functioning in the state, without conducting any examination. The price ranged from Rs 10,000 to 15,000, depending on the percentage needed.
The SP said all the three were rank holders in MCA and MBA and they were technically very sound. They had appointed brokers in various states.

 

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