Deccan Chronicle

Fake certificat­e racket busted


The police have busted a fake educationa­l qualificat­ions certificat­e racket and arrested an exservicem­an who was running a coaching academy here in the city.

According to the police, the accused, Burla Shankar Rao, had joined the Army in 1987 and retired in 2013. After that, he started ‘A1 Geethanjal­i Defence Academy’ in Balajinaga­r of Jawaharnag­ar to coach aspirants for army entrance tests. His wife, Uma Maheshwari, and son, Uttejare, also coached the students.

The police said that over time, Shankar Rao noticed that many unqualifie­d students were approachin­g him for coaching and instead of losing business, he decided to provide them with fake education qualificat­ion certificat­es and then admit them into his academy.

He was charging

`45,000 for a Class 10,

`55,000 for Intermedia­te,

`75,000 for degree, `1 lakh for a MSc, and `1.5 lakh for an MPhil certificat­e. He would also provide fake LLB certificat­es for `2 lakh each, the police said. He was assisted in this racket by Ashish, Dileep Rathod, and Sharma.

Fake certificat­es were issued under the names of Shanghai Internatio­nal University; Osmania University, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Calox Teachers University, William Carey University, Jharkhand State Open School, Ranchi, National Institute of Open Schooling, Indian Institute of Engineers, Sri Satya Sai University of Technology and Medical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Bundelkhan­d University, and Bihar Sanskrit Shiksha Board, among other institutio­ns. The police said they acted on a tip-off, and the special operations team of Malkajgiri zone, IT core inspector and sleuths of Jawaharnag­ar police station conducted a raid on the academy premises on Wednesday and seized fake blank certificat­es with the names of the above- mentioned universiti­es and took Rao into custody.

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