The marksheet racket busted at Lucknow University has a Delhi connection. The six persons arrested, including a former LU clerk and a nowsuspended employee, have named a Delhi University’s former employee as their accomplice.

During a crackdown earlier this week, Lucknow police recovered 12 fake marksheets purportedly issued by DU and two tabulation charts, which carry confidential details of students and are key to preparing marksheets. Police had sent photocopies of these two tabulation charts to the DU registrar’s office for verification.

“University officials confirmed over phone that the charts were fake,” said ASP (Trans-Gomti) Amit Kumar, adding that DU had been requested to verify the former employee named in the case. On April 18, LU employee Nayab Hussain and five others, including gang kingpin and former LU employee Khirodhan Prasad, were nabbed after a youth lodged a complaint at Mahanagar police station, saying he had been conned out of Rs 1.5 lakh with the promise of an LLB marksheet

Kingpin Khirodhan had been sacked by LU and jailed in 2003 for a similar racket, but he was back in business once released. He recuited Nayab, a grade IV employee in the office of exam controller, for a monthly pay of Rs 50,000. The job was to smuggle out tabulation charts. The four other arrested members of the gang have been identified as Ravindra Prasad, Diwan Singh, Deepak Tiwari and Madhurendra Pandey.

During raids, police recovered 26 fake marksheets of LU and 80 marksheets of other universities including, Deen Dayal Updhayay University in Gorakhpur, Awadh University in Faizabad and Bundelkhand University in Jhansi. Marksheets of classes X and XII of various education boards were also seized. Lucknow University suspended four of its employees, including Nayab, on Thursday. Two of them are on the run. Besides the DU employee, a member of staff of the Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University (CSJMU), Kanpur, is also under the scanner in this case

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