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HYDERABAD: The Special Operation Team (SOT)of Cyberabad police on Wednesday arrested four persons, including a lecturer, involved in selling fake educational certificates of various universities to customers. Police seized 40 fake certificates from them.
The accused Ramulu is running Sri Vidyadhar Institute of Vocational Education at Tilak Nagar, Hyderabad and AP State Open School on the same premises. In 2013, he met co-ordinater of Shobit University, Meerut and obtained an authorisation from the university for conducting one sitting degree exams. Later, he enrolled the number of students by collecting fee of `45,000 from each student illegally through Prashanth and Vamshi Krishna, who is working as a Degree College lecturer in KLR Degree College, Keesara. But, as per UGC norms and AP State Higher Education Rules, any private university or deemed university has no right to conduct one sitting degree course apart from the respected judicial area.
The accused Ramulu, Prashanth and Vamshi Krishna lured students and collected `5 lakh from number of students and cheated them by providing invalidated degree certificates. Another accused Nagaraju is a proprietor of DVR School and also a consultant for providing admission in B.Ed and D.Ed Colleges. In the process of consultancy, he got in touch with T Krishna Mohan of Kurnool district and Vamshi Krishna. Nearly 13 students requested for providing one sitting degree examinations in any university through Vamshi Krishna and paid an amount of `3.5 lakh. The accused along with the seized property were handed over to Keesara police for further action.