Andhra police bust nationwide fake certificate racket, seven arrested

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The police suspect that many of these certificates have been used to gain illegal employment with the government and in the private sector.Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district police have busted a two-year old fake certificate racket and arrested seven people for issuing certificates for up to 500 courses under ‘JNTC’ name, mimicking a reputed technical university, on Saturday. “We busted a nationwide operation which was being conducted through a front called Jawaharlal Nehru Technical Centre (JNTC), obviously made with an intent to confuse it with Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU),” Prakasam district Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddarth Kaushal told IANS.The arrested seven are Jampani Venkateshwarlu (49), Silarapu Bala Srinivasa Rao (53), Silarapu Sujatha (47), Siddi Srinivas Reddy (25), Koduri Pradeep Kumar (32), Anaparthi Christopher (47) and Batta Potula Venkatshwarlu (48). Police arrested them for cheating, forgery, using forged documents, falling under Sections 420, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Using JNTC as a front, the accused were operating in 11 states across the country.”They were issuing fake certificates in almost every field of study and on the ground there is nothing. We catalogued almost 500 kinds of certificates they were issuing. From three-month courses to 3-year degrees,” said Kaushal.Certificates were issued in disciplines such as management, hospitality, …

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