Forensic experts to scrutinise documents at Delhi's Ramjas College

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 13:10 hrs

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Delhi University's Ramjas College, which was embroiled in a fake marks-sheet scandal two years ago, will get forensic experts this year to scrutinize the documents submitted by students, principal Rajendra Prasad said Friday.

"Just like last year, we have hired forensic experts this year as well. They will examine the certificates submitted by the students," Prasad told IANS.

The registration process for undergraduate courses will be completed Wednesday and the admission process will commence June 27 with the announcement of the first cut-off list.

However, Prasad said the verification of the certificates submitted by students from Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is "difficult" as the issuing authorities do not always cooperate.

"The reserved category certificates don't have the water marks or special inks that can be examined by the forensic experts. So, they have to be verified by the issuing authority. But when we write to them sometimes they respond, sometimes they don't," said Prasad.

The college was rocked by a fake marks-sheet scandal in 2011 and Prasad's name was mentioned in a chargesheet filed by Delhi Police on the basis of a statement given by an accused in the case, Naresh, who claimed he gave the principal Rs.80,000 and a bottle of Scotch whiskey.

In the judgment dated March 20, 2012, the court found several irregularities in the accused's statements and said it was Prasad who complained about fake admissions in a letter dated Sep 27, 2011.

It added that while the complaint was received Oct 5, police registered a case only on Nov 15, 2011.

Police filed 30 chargesheets in the admission scam in which over 36 students allegedly gained admission by using fake marks-sheets and other dubious means.

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