The Haryana government is set to verify Class 10 and 12 marksheets and other educational certificates of all state government employees and college students across the state after the CBI unearthed a fake marksheet scam, discovering that an allegedly fake educational board had issued educational certificates to people across the country.
According to sources, state governments across the country are also in the process of conducting a similar exercise after the CBI alerted them last month that several states have “given equivalence to the examinations” conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Bharat, Gwalior for “the purpose of appointment in different government/private organisations and for taking admissions for higher studies”.
The matter came to light after a Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court asked the CBI Director to conduct a thorough inquiry about the board last year.
Based on a communication sent by CBI last month, Haryana’s Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora has now asked all the Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Commissioners of Ambala, Hisar, Gurgaon, Karnal, Faridabad and Rohtak divisions, Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Deputy Commissioners, Managing Directors and Chief Administra-tors of all the Boards and Corporations across Haryana, and Registrars of all universities across the state to verify the marksheets and certificates of all employees.
Dated November 5, the Chief Secretary’s note states that if someone is found to have procured appointment in Haryana on the basis of marksheets or certificates issued by the board, “his appointment may be cancelled with immediate effect and suitable action as deemed fit may be taken...”
The CBI’s Anti-Corruption Branch in Dehradun filed two criminal cases in December against the board, which “issued a large number of fake marksheets and certificates with/without conducting examinations and solely for the purpose of financial gains”, according to the Chief Secretary. The agency found that several schools and colleges across the country were affiliated to the board and informed all state governments last month.
This board claims on its website that it is registered under “Government of India, Planning Commission” and is “run under the Indian Trust Act, 1882”. The contact numbers on the website were not reachable.
A senior CBI officer told The Indian Express, “It is not a registered board. It is not entitled to conduct any examination or issue any marksheets or certificates. Based on the orders of the High Court of Uttar Pradesh, an enquiry was conducted by CBI’s Dehradun branch... We found that it was not a board recognised by statute. We found that some of the persons have obtained employment or admissions in higher studies in various states across the country, based on the marksheets or certificates issued by this board... Thus, we decided to write to the Chief Secretaries of all the states... We have already registered cases against beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh.” The CBI has also informed the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development of the issue.
Explaining how the board came into existence, the Haryana Chief Secretary wrote, “All the boards which were functional prior to Independence became invalid and ceased to exist after the establishment of Central Board of Secondary Education in 1952. But, the name of some educational boards, including Board of Secondary Education Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior, inadvertently remained mentioned in the Uttar Pradesh Intermediate Education Act, 1921. Taking advantage of this fact, the accused persons re-established this board through Registered Trust Deeds in 2010-11 and still continue operations all over the country.”