Crime Branch probing promotion of teachers on ‘fake certificates’

Srinagar: The Crime Branch of police is probing allegations that two government teachers were promoted as lecturers in the education department after they submitted fake certificates.
The scam surfaced in 2011, when the State Vigilance Organization (SVO) received a complaint against two teachers, who were promoted as lecturers and posted in Budgam and Kupwara districts. Mohammad Yasin Mir of Lone Hari Kupwara and Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Taratpora, working as lecturers at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School Panzen Budgam and Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Vilgam Kupwara had produced certificates claiming that they have completed  Master of Arts in 1989 from Kanpur University. However, the SVO in its communication to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu termed the certificates submitted by the duo as fake.
“It is reported that large number of teachers working in education department has managed to get fake post graduation certificates during militancy and on basis of which they have been promoted as lecturer. The following teachers have got promoted by producing fake certificates,” AIG, State Vigilance Organization, Jammu and Kashmir, writes in a communication (vide letter no SVO/EDU-G-24/11-1315-16) to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu on February, 2, 2011
“I’m directed to request you to kindly look into the matter and take necessary action,” the letter adds.
A month letter, the Crime Branch forwards the SVO complaint to the commissioner, higher education (vide no CHQ/Clt/K-139-11/2557-58, dated March, 17, 2011).
“In this connection, I am directed to request that the matter may kindly be got enquired into for appropriate and share the outcome of the same with this Hqrs,” the letter by IGP, Crime Branch, reads.
On July 12, under secretary to the government, school education department writes to the registrar CSJM University, Kanpur seeking the authentication of the marks certificate (bearing number 005110) submitted by Ghulam Mohammad Bhat with the department to get promotion.
In the reply, the Assistant Deputy Registrar, CSJM University says “The University has not issued the mark sheet or degree to Ghulam Mohammad Bhat”
“As per University records, the result of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat is detained for the migration certificate issued by Meerat University as well as the marks sheet of M A Previous and permission of this University for appearing of MA Final Exam of this University,” the letter adds.
However, the marks sheet submitted by the accused, a copy of which is in possession of GNS claims that he has passed M A final with third division securing 414 out of 1000 marks. Earlier, the accused had claimed that his post-graduation certificate had gutted in fire. He had purportedly obtained duplicate marks sheet from Kanpur University, which was later found fake by the officials there.
Meanwhile, Director School Education, Kashmir, Mir Tariq Ali told GNS that strict action will be taken against the officials, if they’re found involved in forging certificates for promotions.
“We won’t spare anyone found resorting to unfair means to get promotions. Law will take its own course,” he added. –GNS

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