West Bengal seems to be getting flooded with fake medical degree certificate holders. Worst still, media reports now state that their certificates seem to bear the official stamp of Calcutta University.
In this fake MBBS degree racket, the West Bengal CID has recently arrested two people: Suresh Kumar Agarwal and Chandan Kumar Agarwal from Delhi for their alleged involvement in the scam.The CID investigations revealed that both Chandan and Suresh used to sell forged medical certificates to customers under the letterhead of Indian Medical Board.
“The seized degrees seem to be fake as we have leads that someone forged the varsity’s stamp,” a CID source said.
It was learnt that CID did send this list of fake doctors to the university for a check. “We have received a complaint from CID and looking in the matter,” said a senior Calcutta University official said.
Speaking to News18, Nirmal Maji, chairman of the West Bengal Medical Council, said, “I heard about the matter and CID officials are in touch with the CU authorities to get more details. This is a serious matter and needs to be investigated properly.”
In April, 2017, the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) alerted the CID about fake doctors being in operation and requested them to initiate an investigation in order to save endangered lives.save hundreds of lives.
The tip-off led to several frauds being brought to book in Bengal and its adjoining states.
Surprisingly most of the fakes were attached to some well-known hospitals in the city including Kothari Medical, Belle Vue Clinic, Ruby General Hospital, Kalpana Women and Child Care, ILS Hospital etc.
An arrested fake practitioner Subhendu Bhattacharya recently even received an award from former President Pranab Mukherjee. He ran a private nursing home Kalpana Women and Child Care – in Howrah district.
Others who were arrested in the last six months are: Naren Pandey attached to Kolkata’s well-known Belle Vue Clinic, Ajay Tewary (his prescription letterhead reads ‘consultant gastroenterologist’) attached to the Kothari Medical Centre and ILS Hospital, Kaiser Alam, (arrested from North Bengal and he used to work as an RMO at Ruby General Hospital), Dum Dum, Ram Shankar Singh (private chamber in Howrah), and Khusinath Haldar (employed in Madarihat block primary health centre in Alipurduar in North Bengal).
The clue which led to the lid coming off one of the biggest fake certificate scam was the arrest of Kaiser Alam from North Bengal in May. Kaiser worked as an RMO at Kolkata’s Ruby General Hospital since 2015.