University trustees who sold 36,000 fake degrees in India to be extradited from Australia

A Special Investigation Team probing fake degree racket in Himachal Pradesh (India) has found out that Manav Bharti University based in Solan sold 36,000 fake degrees for over a decade.

These degrees were sold across 17 states.

The investigation team comprising of local police, Enforcement Directorate and Income-Tax Department, also found out that only 5,000 degrees issued out of 41,000 were genuine.

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According to the Tribune, the police team has arrested and revoked the passport of Mr Rajkumar Rana, Manav Bharti Charitable Trust’s Chairman.

While extradition proceedings to bring back Mr Raj Kumar Ran’a wife, son and daughter who are also trustees in the trust from Australia are in progress, reports the Times of India.

According to the Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, this entire scam was run with cash transactions.

Under PMLA, the Enforcement Directorate has attached Rs 194.17-cr properties and fixed deposits of main accused Raj Kumar Rana .

The scam is set to multiply manifold as the police team are still scanning the remaining 41 hard disks out of the 55 recovered from the university campus.

University Grants Commission had alerted the relevant authorities in 2019 about the fake degree racket run by Manav Bharti University in Solan since 2009.

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