Amravati, Feb 3: Amid the chaos over the United Kingdom halting student visa applications from North India under suspicions of students 'abusing the system', the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has unearthed a fake marksheet scam in Maharashtra.
As per a CBI report, a total of 1,135 students from various universities in Maharashtra have cheated employers into giving them a job using fake marksheets.
CBI was directed to investigate the fake marksheet scam by Bombay High Court on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
The 2007 PIL, which alleged that many employees working in the government jobs as well as in the private sector submitted fake marksheet, sought a probe into the matter.
Quoting the CBI report, police sources revealed that 1,135 students from six universities had secured jobs using fake marksheets which were obtained between 2001 and 2007.
Pune University came in first with maximum of 729 cases of fake marksheets carrying its name. Mumbai university followed with 237 marksheets.
The other four universities included Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj University, Nagpur with 92 fake marksheets, Shivaji University, Kolhapur with 42 fake marksheets, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar University, Aurangabad with 18 fake marksheets and Sant Gadgebaba University, Amravati with 17 marksheets.
The sources informed that the CBI will be submitting the report to the high court and is expected to seek order to take action against the guilty students.