Fake certificates: Three of family under lens


Mumbai: On August 11, the JJ Marg police had registered a case of cheating and forgery against nine students for securing admission to the MBBS course with fake caste certificates. They included Karan Purohit, Israr Qadri, Avais Khan, Akhef Reshamwala, Areeba Khan, Noman Mansuri, Ayesha Reshmanwala, Maria Shaikh and Taiba Shaikh.

The JJ police have found that two students who described themselves as hailing from a scheduled tribe (ST) from Nandurbar, their father had submitted bogus documentation as an OBC in 1972 while obtaining admission in MBSS. While all other students got anticipatory bail, Purohit’s pre-arrest bail application was rejected and subsequently he was arrested.

The JJ Marg police, investigating submission of fake caste certificates to obtain admission in MBBS by nine students, have found that two students (a youth and his sister) had caused the government a loss of Rs 1.75 lakh by cornering assistance meant for tribal students.

A police officer said that they have found that Dr Aarif Reshmawala, father of the two students in the current case, had submitted his own caste certificate showing himself as OBC. His two children, Akhef and Ayesha, submitted their ST certificate (Tadvi caste) hailing from Nandurbar. After submitting the fake certificates, the duo brother-sister got admission in MBBS and even availed fellowship of Rs 1.75 lakh, thus causing a loss to the government. The high court has ordered Dr Reshamwala to surrender before January 4.