HP vigilance inquiring into nexus in fake mark sheet

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Shimla, Mar 21 (UNI) Tightening its grip around the former Himachal Pradesh Congress minister, Singhi Ram and others, facing charges of fraud and cheating in the ''fake mark sheet'' case, the State Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (SV&ACB) has started probing the possibility of ''mafia'' operating behind procurement of fake mark sheets in the state.

The vigilance bureau is examining the likelihood of any possible nexus operating after the former minister, Singhi Ram, claimed during the investigations today that the mark sheet was genuine and was given by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBSE) in due process of course.

According to sources Mr Ram disclosed that her daughter, Upma, had appeared for ten plus two examination as a private candidate in 2005 and consequently after clearing the exams she was sent the mark sheet by the Board.

Interestingly, when asked for producing the original mark sheet, he disclosed that the original mark sheet was returned to the then chairman of Board, B.R. Rahi, in year 2006, after he had asked the minister to return the credential, said sources.

Following this, Mr Ram withdrew her daughter from the Lady Shree Ram College in Delhi, the sources added.

The former minister and her daughter and the then special secretary of former minister, Joginder Singh, were today examined by the vigilance sleuths in the fake mark sheet case.

According to sources, Mr Ram produced a migration certificate issued by the Board on August 22, 2005.

Following the submission of the document the vigilance bureau has now started its investigation on the lines of tracing any possible nexus operating in the state for securing fake mark sheets.

The vigilance bureau is also investigating into the aspect as to how Ms Upma was able to appear in the Himachal Board of School Education examinations in 2005.

SV&ACB, DSP, N.K. Sharma told UNI, ''we are investigating the all possible aspects involved in the case. The statements and documents produced by the accused will be verified and the then chairman of Board of School Education will also be questioned.'' The state vigilance and anti corruption bureau has registered a case against the minister and her daughter for alleged forgery under section 420, 468, 471 and 120(b) of the Indian Penal Code, he added.

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