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91% scorer in entrance racket

New Delhi, June 25: Three young men have been arrested for allegedly helping 12 students gain college admission using forged caste certificates, which the trio uploaded on the government website to allay any suspicion.

One of the 12 students had scored 91 per cent in her Class XII exams but still took the gang’s help since the first cut-off in most top Delhi colleges is 95 per cent or more.

Police said the eight boys and four girls secured seats in eight leading Delhi University (DU) colleges paying Rs 3-5 lakh each to the trio, one of whom is a law student.

Himanshu Gupta, 26, Vikas, 24, and Ketan Gupta, 24, were arrested yesterday on a tip-off, deputy commissioner Asok Chand said. Himanshu was picked up near Hans Raj College, where he had accompanied the girl with a 91 per cent score.

A forged caste certificate, an admission form and a bank draft were seized from him. “The girl’s caste was mentioned as ‘Gujjar’ on the certificate but she belonged to the general category,” Chand said.

Himanshu had done a merchant navy course in Mumbai and worked as third officer on a ship. Vikas recently cleared the DU law entrance test and Ketan is a BCom graduate who earned Rs 8,000 a month as data-entry operator.

“Ketan helped manufacture the fake certificates and upload them on the government website,” Chand said.

An officer said the seizures from the trio included two cars carrying stickers of a leading TV channel, 12 admission forms, Rs 5 lakh in cash and 10 forged caste certificates purportedly issued by the tehsildar (revenue officer) in Mehrauli.

J.M. Khurana, DU’s dean of students’ welfare, said the colleges had been asked to cancel the 12 admissions and lodge FIRs. The duped colleges include Sri Ram College of Commerce, which made news with its admission cut-off of 100 per cent, Kirori Mal College, Kamala Nehru College and Motilal Nehru College.

“There is no (campus) mechanism to check caste certificates immediately. After admission, we collect the certificates and send them to the respective states for verification,” Khurana said.

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