Fake Degree Scam: Duo Sent to 10 Day Police Remand 


Srinagar: A city court Wednesday remanded two persons, accused of preparing fake degrees of professional courses to manage jobs for the Kashmiri youth abroad, to 10 days police custody.  

A court of Sub-Registrar Srinagar, Mir Sayeem Qayoom remanded Riyaz Ahmad Handoo of Soura Srinagar and Riyaz Ahmad Malik of Kralkhud Srinagar on the request by police.

The duo, according to police, were running a fake consultancy and travel agency in Maisuma locality of Srinagar under the name of Al Riyaz International for many years and were making fake certificates for the youth to get jobs in different countries.

Riyaz Ahmad, the main accused was arrested from the Srinagar airport early morning on Wednesday while his colleague was arrested on Tuesday. Soon, police produced the duo before the court, seeking their remand.

“We arrested main accused who had gone into hiding. The accused was charging hefty sums from Kashmiri youths to manage jobs for them abroad,” IGP J&K Crime Branch, Alok Puri told Kashmir Observer.

He said that after receiving a complaint from Kashmir University to investigate a fraud regarding MBBS certificate, the Crime Branch started investigating and conducted raids at four different locations in Srinagar and included the office of Al Riyaz International in Maisuma, Srinagar.

Puri said that after enquiry a case (FIR NO. 27/2017 U/S 420,467,471,120-B RPC) was registered in Crime Branch Kashmir.

During these raids, the officer said, incriminating material like stamps, type writer, computers, blank degree certificates of different professional courses and other documents were seized from Al Riyaz International in Maisuma.

According to sources, the individuals who have managed their employment in different countries abroad on the basis of fake degrees are being also identified.


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