Pune city police have arrested four individuals for their alleged involvement in the distribution of over 2700 fake Secondary School Certificate (SSC) mark sheets of the Maharashtra State Open School.
Amol Zende, DCP (Crime) Pune city police told, “During investigation it was found that the accused had issued over 2700 fake SSC certificates of Maharashtra State Open School by using his various agents. Soon we will arrested all the agents involved in this case.”
Zende said accused Saiyad Imran Saiyad Ibrahim, Altaf Sheikh, Krushna Sonaji Giri, and Sandeep Dyandev Kamble were involved in this racket. The police discovered the racket through a technical investigation of materials seized from the accused. They have found that the accused distributed fake SSC certificates through 21 bogus sub-centers. The certificates were sold by charging Rs 50,000-60,000 per certificate, said Police.
The accused also sold fake certificates using the names of various boards such as Board of Secondary Education Sambhajinagar, Maharashtra State Open Schooling. During the investigation, it was revealed that the gang also sold fake degree certificates of many graduate courses.
The accused Sayyad allegedly created a fake website of the Maharashtra State Open School and used it to target people who failed in SSC board exams. For this purpose, he opened 21 sub-centers and appointed agents to operate these centers.
The police are targeting to nab agents associated with Sayyad and later track people using these fake SSC certificates. The prime accused has confessed to creating fake websites and issuing bogus graduation certificates. The police produced them before a city court on Monday, and the court extended Imran’s detention in police custody till May 13, while his three accomplices were given 14 days of magisterial custody.