It was later found that the appointment of national coordinators and centres were not approved by the University Grant Commission.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth Rs 12.98 crore of Kamal Mehta, former Chairman of Jodhpur National University and his family member in connection with issuance of fake degrees and mark-sheets case.
The attached movable and immovable assets under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) includes 12 flats, 3 plots, a building and 31 bigha agricultural land in Jaipur, Jodhpur, New Delhi and money deposited amount in bank accounts.
According to probe agency, Kamal Mehta, the Managing Trustee of Kushal Education Trust, had established Jodhpur National University in 2008.
While working as the chairman of Jodhpur National University, Mehta actively indulged in running a syndicate for issuing and selling fake degrees and mark sheets to students for money.
“He appointed four national coordinators of Jodhpur National University by issuing fake authorization letters in the name of registrar of the university for the purpose of collection of fees, forms, conduct of examination etc.
These national coordinators had various centres under them at various places across India,” the ED said.
“Investigation conducted so far under PMLA revealed that accused Kamal Mehta has illegally received around Rs. 22.3 crores through these national coordinators.
These amounts were deposited in various bank accounts opened in the name of Jodhpur National University, Kushal Education Trust and Surya Nagri Education Trust and other different entities at Jaipur and Jodhpur,” the ED said.
The ED claims that the accused established parallel office in Jaipur to facilitate distribution of fake degree, mark sheets which were issued to more than 25,000 students from 2010 to 2014.
To cover up their tracks, the accused allegedly used complex maze of financial transactions through which the illicit money was transferred, layered and placed in bank accounts of different entities.
“The money was also invested into a number of movable and immovable properties in the name of accused Kamal Mehta, his wife Sarita Mehta, Kushal Education Trust and his other entities,” an official said.
Earlier, ED has attached movable and immovable properties worth Rs 8.53 crore of Kamal Mehta, Kushal Education Trust, and others. Now, including the recent attachment, total attachment in the case is Rs. 21.51 crores.