Udupi, Sep 21: Two persons belgonging to a education consultancy firm in Malaysia have cheated 20 students of that country by issuing forged admission letters to medical courses at Manipal University here.
Superintendent of Police Subramanyeshwara Rao said that the accused, who had been questioned by the police here, had forged name of the University, its emblem and rubber stamps and admission letters, while issuing it through Mid Land Study Link, Malaysia, an agency which coordinated admission of foreign students in the university.
Malaysian nationals R Manikyam and Dorai Raju, belonging to the agency, had collected the prospectus of the university available in many bank branches in different parts of the country and allegedly sold them in Malaysia and collected huge amount of money from the aspiring students.
The SP said that the incident of cheating came to light when one Kavipaatha Athmalingum a girl student from Malaysia came to Manipal along with her parent on September 11 with 'admission order' to join the course. On verification of the order letter by the authorities at the university it was found that the latter was forged and the seal fake.
Mr Rao said the accused had been traced and questioned in this temple town. However, the police could not book them in India as the offense took place in Malaysia. Police have also seized the duo's passports and sent them back to Malaysia along with other 20 Malaysian students who have come to India with the dream of getting MBBS degree here.