As reported by Pioneer News Service in on 01 April 2008:
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Ex-Cong Minister arrested in fake marksheet case

The State Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau on Monday arrested former Himachal Congress Minister Singh Ram and ex-School Board Chairman, BR Rahi in the fake marksheet case, after the District and Session Judge, Shimla, RL Raghu rejected their bail application.

The court also rejected the bail application of Upma Kashyap, daughter of Singhi Ram for whom the mark sheet was allegedly fabricated.

The bail plea was opposed by the prosecution on the grounds that their custodial interrogation was a must for completion of investigations.

The session judge also observed that custodial interrogation of all the applicants was essential to unearth the whole conspiracy.

The court also observed that if people holding high office were allowed to indulge in such matters by the court, the faith of the public in the system would be eroded completely, leading to chaos.

The former Minister Singhi Ram had allegedly procured a fabricated marks sheet for his daughter to get her admission in Lady Shri Ram College at Delhi in 2005. It was alleged that both daughters of accused Singhi Ram Upma Kashayap, a Class 10+2 student and Anupma Kashyap, Class 10th student could not qualify the examination of their respective classes.

A secret inquiry was conducted by the Anti-corruption Bureau and it was found that Upma Kashyap got admission in the Lady Shri Ram College on the basis of certificate issued by the HP Board of School Education, Dharmshala under roll number 194998 in the year 2005.

This certificate was found fake as no person was issued such roll number in 2005 and during the investigation it was revealed that the certification in question was procured by Singhi Ram.

A board official, Surinder Malhotra who was arrested on March 28 had confided to the investigation agency that BR Rahi and Singhi Ram were involved in the offence.

The public prosecutor informed the court that Upma was shown to have secured 89 per cent marks in ten plus two in 2005, where as the topper of HP Board for the same year had secured lesser marks than the accused. He added that in 2007, Upma passed 10+2 examination from some institution, where as in 2005 she was studying in BA part I in Lady Shri Ram College. The custodial interrogation may further unearth scam of the Board for issuing such certificates to other candidates for extraneous considerations.

Court held that all these facts clearly show the deep involvement of the accused in commission of offence. When the matter came to light, the accused pulled out all the papers and Upma also left the college.

These documents were yet to be recovered. AP Singh, Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and anti-corruption said that the accused would be produced in the court for seeking police remand.

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