Former law minister of Karnataka Suresh Kumar was in for a surprise recently, when he received a letter from a university, granting him an honorary doctorate.
But, the letter from Victoria Global University, Turks and Calcos Island also sent a fill-in form, quoting Rs 1.75 lakh as the fee to receive or rather buy the award.
Alongside, was a pamphlet with Karnataka Director General of Police RK Dutta's mention as the chief guest of the ceremony.
Shocked to see Dutta's name on the pamphlet, Kumar apprised him of the scam.
The DGP then directed the Bengaluru Police to file a sou-moto case against the accused.
'What is sad is how people think they can buy doctorates or rather sell it and there are people who fall prey to it. See the list of names of people, so many of them have received it. If I had acknowledged it, my name too would have been there under social service," quipped the former law minister.
The ceremony is slated for April 29, and the pamphlet also mentions that awardees will be given the doctorate on first-come, first-serve basis.
"On one hand we have people who dedicate their entire life to research work and then there are those who put price tags," said Suresh Kumar.