Cong seeks CBI investigation into fake diploma case

On Friday, Congressman Rajinder Rana asked Chief Government Minister Jai Ram Thakur to order a CBI investigation into the alleged sale of fake degrees by Solan-based Manav Bharti University.

Rana raised the issue under Rule 62 in the current third budget session and said the fake degree racket has spread to more than 15 states across the country and the real culprits behind the multi- crore are free.

“The issue came to light after a student identified as Mamata filed an FIR and it was revealed that the University was running several courses without permission. University officials also sold thousands of fake degrees,” he said.

Rana has requested a CBI investigation as the properties are located in different states and even foreign countries and her Vice Chancellor Raj Kumar Rana is free after securing bail from the High Court.

Responding to Rana’s claims, State Education Minister Gobind Singh Thakur said he had sought to take action against the university since its inception and that if any action had been taken under Congress (2012-17), the scam would not be undertaken.

“When the first case was reported, Congress was in power and many courses were being held without any valid authorization during that time.

The BJP government ordered an investigation into the matter after the government received a letter in this regard from the University Grants Commission. An SIT was formed which checked 41,479 degrees issued by the university and found that more than 36,000 were fake.

No fewer than 64 hard drives and 12 cell phones were seized from the university and sent to the FLS lab for examination. In addition, 196 university bank accounts with total assets worth Rs 194 crore were confiscated.

Raj Kumar Rana has been arrested amid notices issued against his wife, daughters and son who are in Australia. The government has also appointed administrators at Manav Bharti University to save the future of 2,000 students. But the University has been banned from starting a new academic session for two years,” he added.

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