Former Education Board Official In Police Custody Over Role In Fake Certificate Case

Shimla: The chief judicial magistrate at Shimla today remanded SK Mahlotra, a former deputy secretary in the HP School Education Board, to 4 days police custody for his suspected role in the fake certificate with which former minister Singhi Ram’s daughter obtained admission into a prestigious Delhi college.

Mahlotra, who was interrogated yesterday, was arrested late in the evening after the vigilance team suspected him of having played a role in the forgery case.

Fearing arrest in the case, BR Rahi, the former chairman of HP School Education Board former minister Singhi Ram have already secured anticipatory bail till 31st March. The police is likely to seek custodial interrogation, when the bail application comes up for hearing on 1st April, sources revealed.

Rahi on his part has denied having played any part in assisting former minister Singhi Ram in securing a 10 +2 certificate for his daughter Upma Kashyap, even though the minister during interrogation reportedly told the vigilance team that Rahi had given him the certificate.

Upma though had failed her plus two board exam in 2005 at Lawrence School Sanawar but had managed to secure admission into Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi for the 2005 session on the basis of a HP education board certificate. The vigilance officials plan to jointly question Rahi and Singhi Ram, sources said.

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