Some two years after eleven students were apprehended in the infamous Punjab Engineering College (PEC) admission scam, the CBI finally arrested the last main accused in the case, Kishore Yadav, from Gurgaon on Sunday night. While the two other accused in the case had been caught earlier, Yadav had been on the run.
He was produced in a court here on Monday and has been sent to seven days in police custody. Yadav, along with Dr Nishikant and Mahinder Bajaj, had allegedly planned the entire scheme to get eleven students admitted in the engineering college on the basis of forged documents.
“Kishore Yadav was declared proclaimed offender by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. The seven days remand has been taken specifically to understand the modus operandi of the accused. Also, if there are any documents and articles in possession of the accused which can be of help in investigating the case,” counsel for CBI, Manmohan Sharma, said.
A CBI source said teams had been sent to Haryana and neighbouring regions to nab Yadav after a court had declared him a proclaimed offender. “ On Sunday we had a hunch that be in Gurgaon, from where he was arrested,” the source added.
The case dates back to September 8, 2010, when the premier investigating agency registered a case of forgery against 11 students of Punjab Engineering College, who had allegedly taken admission through forged Nepalese identification cards under a college scheme meant for foreign students and non residential Indians.
The CBI then picked up alleged mastermind, Dr Nishikant, a chemistry doctorate holder who ran a coaching centre, in September, 2010. Investigations revealed that Dr Nishikant had also been part of CBSE flying squads. CBI sources said the accused was adept at forging documents and made identity cards of Nepal and Bhutan and gave them to the students in return for huge amounts ranging between Rs 10 and Rs 15 lakh. The second accused, Mahinder Bajaj, is a dental technician and an old friend of Nishikant. Bajaj, a resident of Hisar, was arrested in October 2010.
The CBI had detected over Rs 1 crore in Nishikant’s savings accounts, which were sealed. Even as Yadav, also a Hisar resident, was absconding, the trio were chargesheeted in August 2011.