Jaipur: The ordeal of Jodhpur National University (JNU) chairman Kamal Mehta, accused of providing degrees to youths without having to appear in any examination or attend classes, is yet to come to an end.
Soon after getting bail, Mehta was on Friday rearrested along with his university's examination controller LC Gehlot for attempting to cover up the fraud he was earlier charged with. Mehta and Gehlot were allegedly conducting bogus exams to validate the degrees that they had issued fraudulently, SOG officials said.
Mehta had been arrested in January last year after a network of touts working for Mehta was busted. The accused would provide degrees of JNU in a matter of few days after they were paid by a student, the SOG said. They used to charge Rs 10,000-15,000 for a graduation degree.
After the fraud came to light, SOG conducted a massive investigation and prepared a list of hundreds of fraudulent degrees issued by the university. The list was sent to the state government. The government appointed the divisional commissioner as an administration and uploaded the list of degrees on a website for everyone to see.
"We came to know that Mehta and Gehlot who is also acting registrar of the university were trying to cover up the fraud. They were conducting bogus exams of students to whom they had issued fraudulent degrees. It was being done so that they can prove that these students had appeared in the exam and then got the degrees. We came to know about it and lodged a separate case in this regard," said an SOG officer.
The officer added that Mehta who had secured bail from a court and Gehlot were arrested from Jodhpur. They will be brought to Jaipur for further investigation.