AGRA: Following over three months of investigation, Agra police has filed a chargesheet against Congress MLA from Rajasthan’s Bari seat for using fraudulent means to obtain a Class X UP Board certificate. The investigation found Girraj Singh Malinga, a third-term legislator, used a fake education certificate of class IX to appear as a private student from a city school. Malinga went on to clear all the papers and obtained the class X certificate in 2016.
Talking to TOI over the phone, MLA Girraj Singh said, “The entire case is fake and part of a political vendetta against me. It’s BJP government in UP and they can do anything. Police are completely biased against me. But I am sure of getting justice from the court.” On January 17, Suman Devi, principal of state government aided DAV Inter College, following orders of the district inspector of schools had filed an FIR against the Congress MLA at the Madan Mohan Gate police station.
On basis of the complaint, police registered a case against Girraj Singh under IPC’s section 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly including delivery of property).
The issue came to light when the office of Agra DIOS received a complaint on January 2, 2019, claiming that Malinga used fake documents to appear as a private candidate for class X board examination from DAV Inter College, Motikatra, Agra. Complainant Jasvant Singh Gurjar, who was defeated by Malinga in the 2018 assembly polls, had enclosed several proofs to support his claim. On basis of the complaint, DIOS Ravindra Singh ordered an investigation. Malinga, however, had said that the complaint against him was politically motivated.
The chargesheet filed by Agra police mentioned that Girraj Singh, son of Chhotey Singh (roll number – 4001843), took class X examination in 2016 on the basis of fake documents of class IX. He had submitted class IX mark sheet of session 1990-91 of the state government higher secondary school in Nidhara, Bari in Dholpur.
However, the principal of the Dholpur school informed the Agra DIOS it didn’t run secondary classes in 1990-91. The school took admission of students in class X for the first time in 2009-10 and added higher secondary level (Class XII) in 2015-16.
In his affidavit submitted before the Election Commission in 2008 and 2013, MLA Girraj Singh mentioned that his qualification is class VI. In 2018 election affidavit, he claimed to have studied till high school.
Deputy superintendent of police Abdul Qadir said, “A chargesheet filed against the MLA Girraj Singh in a case related to use of fake academic documents has been accepted by the court of additional chief judicial magistrate.”
“Further action will be taken on basis of the court’s orders,” the officer said.