Hyderabad: The Hyderabad police bust a fake school certificate racket and arrested four persons on 19 August.

The sleuths of the commissioner’s task force, north zone, arrested a Railway employee, Maloth Machender, and Malladi Santosh (31) who were involved in the scam. They also arrested Ammula Rajesh Kumar (30) and Akula Jayanth Kumar (39) who had purchased fake school certificates from the two and got a job in the postal department. They have been handed over to the Gandhi Nagar police station and a case has been booked under various sections of the IPC.

The main accused, Maloth Machender, worked in South Central Railway’s north Lalaguda section as a senior grade electrician. He was a repeat offender and had been arrested by the Malkajigiri police in 2014 and the Pattabhipuram police, Guntur, in 2019 for luring unemployed youths in the name of providing government jobs.

The postal department had issued a notification on 9 March 2018 inviting applications for the post of GDSBPM in various places. Machender hatched a plan to make easy money and got in touch with a software technician, Malladi Santosh Reddy. The duo planned to prepare fake educational certificates of the National Institute of Open Schooling, an autonomous institution under MHRD.

Maloth lured unemployed youths and promised to provide jobs in the postal department. He collected Rs. 2 to 3 lakh from the candidates, said the police.

“Santosh downloaded copies of secondary school certificates of the National Institute of Open Schooling. He then prepared fake certificates for the candidates that showed they had scored 97 to 98 per cent in the exams. They applied for the postal jobs with the same certificates. Three persons who had acquired the fake documents – Ammula Rajesh Kumar, Akula Jayanth Kumar, and S. Deepika – were selected for the post of Gramin dak Sevak branch as postmaster in the postal department,” added Inspector K. Nageshwar Rao, Commissioner’s Taskforce, Hyderabad.

In the same way, Maloth and Santosh Reddy cheated many unemployed people and issued fake educational certificates to them.

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