Hyderabad fake educational certificate case: Police move to nab supplier from New York

This comes a day after the police arrested a 25-year-old man for procuring fake engineering certificates purportedly from Osmania University.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Aug 10, 2022 | 11:37 PMUpdatedAug 11, 2022 | 2:42 PM

Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagawat showed one of the fake certificates at a press conference, which was seized from the suspect Janga Dayakar Reddy, arrested on Tuesday, 9 August. (Supplied)

The Rachakonda Police plans to impound the passport of the alleged fake educational certificates supplier, Muddam Swamy, who is said to be pursuing an MBA course at New York University.

“The police will write to the Hyderabad passport office, who will contact the Indian Consulate in New York to impound the passport of Swamy, which will force him to return to India,” Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagawat told South First on Thursday, 11 August.

This comes a day after the police arrested a 25-year-old man for procuring fake educational engineering certificates purportedly belonging to Osmania University.

He allegedly secured admission in the US for a master’s degree using forged certificates, but his visa application was rejected multiple times.

The arrested suspect was identified as Janga Dayakar Reddy, a civil engineering student of the AVN Institute of Engineering and Technology in Ibrahimpatnam between 2014 and 2018, a course he discontinued as he had 11 backlogs.

The police have booked Reddy under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 471 (dishonestly using a document as genuine).

“Dayakar Reddy has been sent to judicial custody of 14 days,” the cops said.

Allegations

According to the police, Reddy obtained fake graduation certificates from counterfeiter Swamy after they came in contact through mutual friends.

Arrested suspect Janga Dayakar Reddy. (Supplied)

Arrested suspect Janga Dayakar Reddy. (Supplied)

The cops added that Swamy introduced himself to Reddy as a visa-slot-booking agent, and after the two developed friendship, Reddy told him about his dream of settling in the US and incompletion of his Engineering degree.

Swamy, thereafter, promised Reddy he would provide him with fake engineering certificates from Osmania University at a cost of ₹1.3 lakh.

17 fake educational certificates and two fake loan sanction letters obtained from Reddy. (Supplied)

17 fake educational certificates and two fake loan sanction letters were obtained from Reddy. (Supplied)

“After transferring the money, when Reddy inquired about the delivery of the certificates, Swamy told him that he had gone to the US and would get the certificates delivered at Reddy’s residence in Nacharam in Hyderabad,” the police said.

The cops added that Reddy secured admission to Lewis University in Illinois and the University of Dayton in Ohio using the fake certificates.

However, Reddy failed to clear multiple visa interviews at the Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad consulates.

Absconding suspect Muddam Swamy. (Supplied)

Absconding suspect Muddam Swamy. (Supplied)

The Special Operations Team (LB Nagar) and the Nacharam police, in a joint raid, arrested Reddy near KS Bakery, New Raghavendra Nagar, Nacharam, with fake educational certificates.

The cops seized 11 forged educational certificates of Osmania University, six fake letters of recommendation of Matrusri Engineering College, two fake loan sanction letters from the Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank, and one mobile phone from Reddy.

Meanwhile, during the investigation, the police got to know that a case was already been registered against the main suspect — Swamy — under IPC Sections 420, 468, and 471.