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Bitti forged certificates to become Raghav, say police

Published: 16th March 2013 11:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2013 11:41 AM   |  A+A-

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The Kerala police team, which is here to investigate the Bitti Mohanty case, on Friday claimed to have found strong evidence that the documents of educational qualifications he produced at State Bank of Travancore (SBT) in Kannur were forged.

What he is believed to have done is transfer details of his original certificates to prepare documents to validate his second identity __ Raghav Rajan.

A four-member team which reached Odisha on Thursday night went to KIIT University where Bitti did his B Tech in Computer Science. That degree never was in question since the former DG B B Mohanty’s son studied computer from 2001-02 to 2004-05.  What the team wanted to know was the B Tech degree which Raghav Rajan had received from the same university.

“The university never issued any certificate to anyone called Raghav Rajan and we have given it in writing to the Kerala police. We also showed them our database,” said an official spokesperson of KIIT University, where the team met Controller of Examinations K B Mishra.

Bitti is alleged to have scanned the documents carefully, with help of professionals, and created a new B Tech degree in the name of Raghav Rajan. Then, he changed the pass-out batch to 2005-06.

The team also confirmed the same.

The pattern was the same with Stewart School, Cuttack where Bitti did his schooling. Sources said he enrolled into the Prep school in 1988 and passed out under the ICSE Board in 1999. The certificate of Raghav Rajan bore the same details as that of Bitti. The statement of marks from Stewart School, as presented to the SBT by Raghav Rajan, carried the same Index Number T/305/053 issued by ICSE to Bitti.

“All the certificates submitted in the name of Raghav Rajan are forged,” said Joshy Josh, Inspector of Kannur police station, who is heading the Kerala police team.

Principal of Stewart School, Cuttack, Asha Das said the police team examined the records on the basis of statement of marks submitted in the name of Raghav Rajan.

“While Raghav Rajan was never a student of this school, his statement of marks had the same Index Number as Bitti who was a student of our school,” she said.

The team also went to Christ College, Cuttack where it came across similar situation where the documents were found to be forged.

While all eyes were on the team’s examination of B B Mohanty, the team said it was in contact with the seniors in Kerala. “We will also consult the Odisha police before we examine the former DG in this connection,” Josh said.

However, police sources say the investigating team will have a tough task to ascertain if Bitti’s father played a role in the whole impersonation drama played out over the last six years.

“Unless Bitti leads them to his father, it is a tough task to nail Mohanty Sr. Unless of course, police lay its hands on important email exchanges between the father and son over such transactions or even telephone conversation,” said a senior IPS officer.

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