The mastermind of the fake marks card racket busted this week is a top official with the state Department of Collegiate Education.
Sources told Express that the police have gathered enough evidence against him. “We were surprised to hear he was the kingpin,” said a university official.
Study centres offering distance education courses are also involved in the racket, police have told the university.
Speaking to Express, Dr Ninge Gowda, Registrar (Evaluation), said, “We are communicating with the police. We are placing all issues before the Syndicate at a meeting on Friday.”
College principals, owners, student leaders and former university employees are also involved in the fraud, police suspect. Meanwhile, the university is conducting an internal inquiry.
A study centre, reportedly implicated in the scandal, works from Rajajinagar.
“The university is waiting for a list of those accused and will take action,” Gowda said.
In a related development, the custodian for distance education was changed during the examinations, giving rise to suspicion. The then registrar Prof R K Somashekar replaced Prof B S Murthy with Kottraiah when the exams were in progress. Questioning this, Murthy has filed a case.
Murthy is a geography lecturer at Government Arts College and Kottraiah is principal of the Government First Grade College in Rajajinagar.
No Entry at Central College
Bangalore University has barred public entry to the exam department at Central College. It will issue ID cards to all teachers and staff working at Central College.
It is also asking students to show their ID cards before entering the campus.