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Cops trace Gaus, Salim Shaikh link to 3 clerks

The ongoing investigation into the revaluation scam at the University of Pune revealed that the three junior clerks of the university’s examination department clearly had links with Gaus Shaikh and the accountant of Poona College, who were arrested earlier by the Cantonment police station in the alleged cash-for marks scam.

Meanwhile, Judicial Magistrate (First Class) K M Pingale extended police custody of Ramesh Shelar (43), Ashok Ranwade (44), both residents of university staff quarters, and Chetan Parbhane (38) from Ravet till January 13.


In the web: The court extended police custody of Ramesh Shelar, Ashok Ranwade and Chetan Parbhane, who are junior clerks at UoP. File Pic

The trio was arrested by Chatushringi police station for allegedly increasing marks of 21 students in the revaluation process. While seeking extension of police custody, investigation officer API Mahesh Bolkotgi told the court that the Cantonment police had arrested Gaus Shaikh and Salim Shaikh and recovered list of students’ examination seat numbers from their possession.

During the current investigation, it was revealed that the students on the list had failed in their examinations and their marks were increased after revaluation.

“This reveals that there is a relation between Gaus, Salim and these three junior clerks, who have been arrested,” Bolkotgi said.

He also informed the court that the investigating officers have recovered a hard disk of belonging to Gaus and Salim, and hoped to find some vital clues in the case.  

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