Crime Branch exposes admission, examination scam in Kathua

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Kathua : An input received in Crime Branch revealed that one Parshant Bandari along with his other associates is indulging in a big scam of admissions and fraudulent examinations under the garb of running IGNOU center No.12120-D.

The spokesman said that centre allegedly established at Machhedi Billawar in the year 2014-15 having two admission sessions viz January and July and two examinations sessions Viz June and December every year with enrolment of 800 to 1200 students in each session of the said IGNOU Centre whereas, about 4000 students have been shown taken admissions through the said centre and till date no examination has been conducted by this centre but the students enrolled through this centre have been shown appeared in examinations and degrees issued to them.

A spokesman said that most of the students enrolled through this IGNOU center have neither appeared in the examinations nor have filled/submitted their examination forms. The fake attendance sheets were prepared and submitted to IGNOU using fake stamps/seals. The answer sheets being prepared and fraudulent examinations are held and answer sheets parcels being submitted to IGNOU using the center codes of IGNOU Centre of Katra, Kishtwar, Chatroo, and Paddar etc. In this scandal Officers/officials of IGNOU, post offices are also involved in preparing fake answer sheets at Regional Centres.

On this, a Preliminary enquiry was initiated in Crime Branch Jammu and the allegations regarding big scam of admissions through IGNOU Centre 12120-D situated at Machhedi Billawar District Kathua, prima facie established for conducting fake examination by taking thousands of rupees from each candidate and embezzlement of huge money by opening bank accounts on the name of chairman and fake coordinator by appending fake signatures of one Rajiv Sharma, embezzlement of honorarium of coordinator by introducing fake character as coordinator.

The honorarium of faculty members/counsellors for conducting counselling sessions were also swindled by (1) Parshant Bandari S/o Sehaj Ram Bandari, (2) Bhopinder Gupta S/o Pannu Ram R/o Village Kohag Tehsil Billawar Kathua A/p Bharat Nagar Talab Tillo Jammu and their associates with criminal connivance of officers and officials of IGNOU and others, there-by about 7/8 thousand candidates have been benefitted illegally.

The omissions and commissions, thereof, on the part of Parshant Bandari S/o Sehaj Ram Bandari R/o Kishtwar, Bhopinder Gupta S/o Pannu Ram R/o Village Kohag Tehsil Billawar Kathua A/p Bharat Nagar Talab Tillo Jammu and their associates, with criminal connivance of the officers and officials of IGNOU and others, prima facie, constitute offences punishable U/s 419,420, 467, 468, 471,120-B RPC 5(2) PC Act. In this regard, a case FIR No.16/2018 stands registered in P/S Crime Branch, Jammu for in-depth investigation against the above mentioned accused persons and investigation of the case has been entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of Crime Branch Jammu.

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