Probe reveals 4,000 fake LLB students

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has informed the Supreme Court that three,997 college students belonging to affiliated regulation schools of Multan’s Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) are suspected to be “non-actual”—folks who tried to take a seat the LLB examination with out ever attending lessons.

In a document submitted to the apex court, the FIA said its joint research crew (JIT)—together with officers of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC)—quizzed the applicable BZU officials and proprietors of regulation schools on order of the top court.

It stated the team perused the BZU record and observed that 3,997 students were suspected to be non-true, adding that 2,230 final students have been additionally below probe but up to now nothing adverse had pop out towards them.

“The JIT recommends [registering] a case towards the antisocial BZU officials and law schools as submitted before [the SC] at the previous hearing dated May four, 2023.

“It recommends that the system of association of regulation schools, registration of college students, deposition of fee and attendance of college students should be stepped forward as a shield [against] any further fraud and rip-off,” it stated.

The document stated in the course of preliminary inquiry, it surfaced that the BZU registration department shared records of 11,396 college students with the Controller Examination for LLB Part-I second annual exam of 2019.

“Out of them, 6,227 students have been allowed to [sit the exam] while 5,169 students had been barred by the controller exam from acting within the tests due to special motives.

“Those five,169 students who have been barred from performing in LLB. Part-I Second Annual 2019 examination had been found to be non-genuine with the aid of the Controller Examination of the BZU. The JIT additionally observed these college students poor and lacking in unique elements.”

It said this rip-off changed into occurring with the connivance of the BZU registration department. It said later the list of 5,169 college students became divided in unique categories as consistent with irregularities.

The file stated in line with the SC’s May four order, the JIT visited some law faculties, interviewed college students and the BZU management together with a brand new affiliation committee and also collected records from the BZU for identity of faux/ghost regulation colleges.

The JIT found that the BZU’s present day affiliation committee carried out marvel visits to the law schools in September 2022 and compiled a document on the deficiencies of those faculties.

“On the premise of the file, previous record of association and other proof, 26 law schools were located to be ghost regulation faculties and all in their closing college students appear to be non-real,” it said.

The FIA said in the previous report submitted to the court docket on May four, it has already been submitted that fee vouchers submitted by using Muhammadan Law College, Multan and Pakistan Law College, Pakpattan were fake, bearing faux and fabricated stamps of banks.

“The probe committee of the BZU verified from the concerned bank and observed faux vouchers valuing Rs3,000,000/- referring to Muhammadan Law College, Multan and of Rs1,two hundred,000/- of Pakistan Law College Pakpattan.”

After the direction of the court docket on May four, the JIT amassed fee receipts of all law faculties deposited to the BZU for registration and exam functions. The JIT also provided an MS Excel Sheet to the registration department for buying cash path of the coins obtained from every pupil.

The JIT thru a written note directed all law schools to submit fee vouchers of all their college students underneath inquiry and provide a replica of the MS Excel Sheet. Only nine regulation faculties provided information to the JIT.

The document stated the JIT very well checked the particulars and credentials of 6,227 college students as according to criteria of admission and eligibility for acting in exams so that it will determine their bona fide.

“The attendance file turned into also checked. According to the criteria of the college, seventy five percent of attendance is obligatory for LLB students.

“The principals of schools submitted certificates of 75 percent attendance with the BZU. However, it [was found] that there are college students who are government servants and many of them are posted and living in different districts. It isn’t feasible for them to wait regulation college.

“The respective schools furnished attendance sheets to the college which seem to be fabricated. The colleges have now not made preparations for biometric attendance.”

It said prima facie all faculties organized fake attendance sheets. 645 applicants had been found to be personnel of the Punjab authorities published in distinct districts of the province while 93 candidates had been discovered to be employees of the federal government.

“It isn’t feasible for the entire 738 candidates (officers/officers of Provincial Government/Federal Government) to wait the instructions frequently because of their posting in some distance flung regions.

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