SHILLONG, April 25 – Meghalaya police has filed chargesheet against 11 officials from the now closed Chandra Mohan Jha (CMJ) University, including its Chancellor, CM Jha for allegedly selling fake University certificates, fraud and forgery.
The State Police said the chargesheet has been submitted to the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate on Friday for further action.
The police have included in the chargesheet Jha’s wife, IR Jha, his two sons, Govind Jha, Gopal Jha, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of CMJ Foundation – the sponsoring body of the University.
The other officials named in the chargesheet include the University Registrar, Mrinal Kanti Deb, Deputy Registrar Premlal Rai, Director Manjit Kaur Kaushal, Human Resource Manager, Juban Kharpuri, Chancellor Apex e-learning (Bangalore), Dhanwant Singh Matharoo, former Registrar Tilok Das Gupta and an employee from the Examination Department, Asifa Nongrum.
It has been alleged that CMJ University was issuing fake diploma and degree certificates for an amount. Several faculty members from prominent Universities across the country and even abroad have availed these degrees to further their career. Some of these faculty members have reportedly been suspended.
The scam was unearthed by former Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, when he was Visitor of the University. The Raj Bhavan filed an FIR against the University after it came to know that fake University certificates were being doled out for a sum.
The case was taken over by the Criminal Investigation Department and later skeletons started to tumble out of the University closet. The State Government dissolved CMJ University on March 31 last year, as the University was established under a State Act in 2009.
During the course of the investigation the CID sleuths unearthed thousands of PhD theses and documents from the University premises in the State.
Due to this massive scam several students who had enrolled in the University jeopardised their career.