CID sleuths raid Meghalaya’s private varsity

Shillong, May 3 (IANS) Sleuths of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided the offices of Meghalaya’s private CMJ University Thursday night, police said.

The Meghalaya governor’s secretariat had lodged a first information report (FIR) with the police against the CMJ University and its Chancellor Chandra Mohan Jha for alleged lapses and fraud involving fake degrees for students.

Jha is presently in Bihar attending a marriage, police said.

The CMJ University, the first private varsity in this mountainous state capital of Meghalaya, hit media headlines following Governor R.S. Mooshahary, who is also the university’s visitor, exposing various irregularities in its functioning.

“We raided the university following a court order,” a CID official told IANS.

Established in 2009, the university has created a record of sorts by awarding Ph.D. degrees to as many as 434 candidates in 2012-13 academic year, even as only 10 of its faculty members have doctorates.

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