Gujarat: Homeopath pays Rs 16.32 lakh for MBBS admission, gets fake degree

In 2018, Suresh Patel came across a website offering admission to Bundelkhand University, and got ready to leave his job and move to Uttar Pradesh to study

Representative image of proferred stethoscope (file photo)
Representative image of proferred stethoscope (file photo)


A case has been registered against four persons for allegedly cheating a homoeopath in Gujarat’s Mehsana, who paid Rs 16.32 lakh to gain admission into a medical course in Uttar Pradesh but received a fake degree instead.

Based on a complaint lodged by one Suresh Patel (41), who holds the degree of bachelor of homeopathic medicine and surgery (BHMS), the Nandasan police on 14 June registered a case under sections 406 (breach of trust) and 420 (cheating), Inspector J.G. Vaghela said.

The police have named Dr Premkumar Rajput, a resident of Nainital, Dr Shaukat Khan of Moradabad and South Delhi residents Arun Kumar and Anand Kumar as the accuseds in the FIR.

As per the FIR, in 2018, Patel, who works at a private hospital in Nandasan village, came across a website offering admissions into an MBBS course at Bundelkhand University in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.

Patel telephoned Dr Rajput, whose number was given on the website, to get more details, and following several conversations over the phone, he agreed to pay the fees, it stated.

The accused told Patel that he would earn a degree from the Bundelkhand University after completing the five-and-a-half-year course, and the complainant was ready to leave his job and move to UP for studies.

Patel deposited Rs 16.32 lakh in different bank accounts provided by the accused between July 2018 and March 2019, and they assured him that the course would commence soon.

However, Dr Rajput and others could not be contacted, and their phones were found switched off soon after, the FIR stated.

In March 2019, Patel received a courier at his workplace, and he found mark sheets, a degree certificate with training and registration certificates in his name.

The certificates had registration numbers issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and Gujarat Medical Council, it was stated. The MCI and the university administration later confirmed that the documents were fake.

In 2019, Patel gave an application to the Mehsana police about the cheating case.

A police team and Patel reached Sangam Vihar in South Delhi to trace one of the accused, but someone else was living there.

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