LD Institute director booked for forging his certificates

The prestigious LD Institute of Indology in the city has come under a cloud with the police registering a criminal case against its director Jitendra B Shah, trustee Shrenik Kasturbhai Sheth and five others, including officials of Banaras Hindu University and Delhi Institute of Indology, after allegations that Shah was appointed as the institute's director in 1998 on the basis of forged certificates.

The accused have been booked for forgery, conspiracy and other offences under IPC.

The case was registered Tuesday following a court direction on a complaint by RTI activist Vinod Pandya, who had accused Shah of having submitted forged documents to prove he had requisite qualifications for the job. Pandya had also alleged that the institute allowed him to continue in the job even after coming to know of the truth.

After the appointment of Shah in 1998, a complaint was lodged with the state education department.

Sources in the education department said inquiries over the next four years found that Shah had submitted a forged experience certificate of teaching post-graduate classes at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 1986-87.

Inquiries further found that the experience certificate submitted by Shah was forged by M R Mehta, a professor of philosophy at BHU. After the issue was raised by some in the Gujarat University, Shah allegedly procured another certificate, again from Mehta, showing he had taught post-graduate students at BHU for some years after 1986. In May 2006, inquiries revealed that Mehta had issued another experience certificate with signature of S L Jain, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, BHU.

State education department sources said that when the certificate was sent to Jain for verification, he denied having issued it. BHU authorities replied to the education department that there was no record with the university about Shah having taught there at any point of time.

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