Hyderabad: BISE confirms Minister’s forged certificates
HYDERABAD: As reported by the Dawn News on Thursday, the Hyderabad Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education has officially confirmed to the University of Sindh that no person by the name of Mukesh Kumar Chawla, provincial minister for excise and taxation, has passed class X and XII examinations held by the board.
The board said in response to the university’s queries about Mr Chawla’s certificates that one Mukesh Kumar Bansari did appear in matriculation and intermediate examinations and Mr Chawla’s particulars sent for verification matched with his.
“We’ve verified that Mr Chawla did not pass the two examinations and (his certificates) are bogus and fake,” said a senior board official who requested not to be named.
The official showed this correspondent the letter (No 89/Aug 19) for perusal sent by the board to the university, insisting he could not share its copy.
The verification was set into motion after one Jai Kumar challenged Mukesh Kumar Chawla’s election as member of provincial assembly and sent a formal complaint to the Supreme Court, requesting it to take suo motu action.
Mr Jai Kumar argued that Chawla’s matriculation, intermediate and BA degree certificates were fake, forged and tampered with. Mr Chawla was elected MPA on a reserved seat for minorities.
According to his case whose record was made available to Dawn, Mr Chawla, son of Bhagwan Das Chawla, was born in 1974 in Jacobabad district. His CNIC No is 42301-22854115.
He submitted documents of one Mukesh Kumar Bansari, son of Bhagwan Das Bansari, born in 1980 in Thatta and having CNIC No 44108-4608480-3.
The record shows that Mr Bansari passed his matriculation (seat number 134515) in 1996 from the Government High School, Sujawal, and intermediate examination (seat number 103851) in 1998 from the Government Boys College, Sujawal, held by the BISE, Hyderabad.
The record of the school and the college shows that the said certificates belonged to Mr Bansari whose general register number was 5084. After getting fake class X and XII certificates the MPA also managed to obtain fake degree of BA of the same Mr Bansari, said Jai Kumar.
“He obtained a fake letter No: BISE/HSC/CONDUCT/2390/3976 dated 03.09.2004 for correction of name by the BISE that was purportedly addressed to Sindh University and got surname Bansari replaced with Chawla in certificates of Bansari, who is a grade-II officer in a private bank in Karachi,” he said.
The controller of examination of the BISE had declared in Sindh High Court on Dec 14, 2007 in an election appeal (62/2007) case that the letter (for surname change) was fake, forged and not issued.
The commissioner appointed by the SHC on Dec 10, 2007 submitted a similar report, he said, adding that the high court referred to the controller’s statement that he had declared the said letter as forged because the letter’s number pertained to some other correspondence.
Mr Jai Kumar alleged that Mr Chawla, in connivance with university staff, got Mr Bansari’s examination form of BA-II replaced.
Mr Chawla’s case about forged certificates first went to court when one Malik Atta Mohammad and Sameul Xavier contested his nomination (before election tribunal) after he was awarded a ticket. But the appellants lost interest in pursuing the case following Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on Dec 27, 2008.
When the apex court took up the case of parliamentarians’ degrees, Mr Chawla’s case came into limelight again and the process of verification was set into motion.
The Higher Education Commission sent his degrees and certificates to the Sindh University and the university sent his class X and XII certificates to the BISE Hyderabad for verification.
Mr Chawla did not attend calls made by this correspondent nor did he reply messages, seeking his side of the story in response to Jai Kumar’s claims and BISE’s letter.
Asked why he was interested in getting Mr Chawla unseated, Mr Jai Kumar replied that a man with fake degrees could not be expected to serve his community. “He never paid a visit to Umerkot to apprise himself of our problems,” he said.
To a question why he did not challenge his nomination before the returning officer, he said that he did not know earlier that Mr Chawla possessed fake degrees. “An educated person with valid documents should be elected to serve us,” he said.