Marksheet ' fraud '

NIRMALMANGAR Gangtok, May 7: Police have arrested the chairman, vicechancellor, registrar and the controller of examinations of a private Sikkim university on the charge of fraudulently issuing a marksheet and a certificate for a course not taught there.

The police said EIILM University, which has its campus at Jorethang in the South district, had issued a certificate to a girl from outside Sikkim mentioning that said she had obtained a master's degree in education.

" The university had issued a certificate of master's in education to a girl from outside Sikkim who had never attended the university. The girl applied for a post of lecturer at a university in Chandigarh.

The university wrote a letter, attached with the documents, to Sikkim police for verification.

During the verification, it was learnt that the said course is not taught here," said a senior police officer.

EIILM, which has 275 students, claims on its website that it is a UGC- approved university.

Its chairman, Vinay Kumar Rai, is also the owner.

The first arrests — of vicechancellor O. V. Vijayan, registrar Col ( retired) Alok Bhandari and controller of examinations Vijay Dahiya — were made yesterday in Jorethang.

Rai, 65, was arrested today at Bagdogra airport when he tried to fly out of Siliguri.

Sikkim police had alerted their counterparts at Bagdogra.

The senior police officer in Sikkim said that among the papers sent by the university in Chandigarh was a letter attached to the girl's certificate that had Rai's signature endorsing that the certificate was valid.

The university, which offers graduation and master's courses in science, commerce, arts, management and degrees in fashion and hospitality, had come under the scanner for alleged marksheet fraud earlier too.

The secretary of the state human resource development department, C. S. Rao, said classes at the university would not be hampered.

" The police are investigating the matter and we ( the department) will be able to comment only after the investigation is over," Rao said.

A case of forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy have been registered against the four university officials.