Ringleader of KED fake degrees scandal arrested

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KASUR: Muhammad Hussain, the ringleader involved in fake degrees scandal of the Kasur Education Department (KED) was arrested on Friday.

As per the details, Muhammad Kamran had filed an application to the schools secretary stating that a group allegedly receives bribes to recruit educators on fake documents in Kasur, on which the secretary had sought the report from the education department CEO.

After the matter was highlighted by the media, Kasur DC Saira Umer constituted an enquiry committee to probe the matter. During the investigation, the committee discovered fake NTS result cards and degrees of ten teachers, who were later terminated from the department.

The enquiry team had also summoned the ringleader for the verification of his documents, who took a leave on a bogus medical certificate from Government High School Khuday and did not appear before the officers. The committee then submitted a letter to a private university for the verification of his MIT degree that was later proved bogus.

CEO Zulifqar Ahmed terminated the services of Muhammad Hussain, a computer teacher and got cases registered with the anticorruption for the recovery of past dues.

Sources told Pakistan Today that ringleader of the fake degrees scandal being arrested on Friday provided the records of 50 fake degrees to the enquiry officers.

The education department officials confirmed that FIRs against all the terminated teachers were registered with the Kasur anticorruption department, but the officials of the department “remained reluctant to provide any information regarding the proceedings.”

Sources also told that the Kasur DC wrote a letter to the schools secretary for Zulfiqar’s transfer over his alleged mismanagement in the illegal recruitments case, but some officers of the schools secretary office “were trying their best to save the CEO.”

The information regarding the letter could not be confirmed.

On the other hand, District Council members Advocate Mehr Imtiaz Riaz, Advocate Lala Abbas, Farooq Ahmed Bhatti and others demanded from the Kasur DC to also initiate a legal action against other officials who were involved in the alleged scandal of fake degrees.

Lala Abbas said that the services of only ten individuals were terminated because they were highlighted in the media. “There are several other teachers who are being recruited on fake documents after allegedly receiving bribes, but no action is being taken against them,” he added.