Kolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) busted a fake medical certificate racket by arresting two kingpins from New Delhi. The father-son duo identified as Suresh Agarwal and Chandan Agarwal were brought to the city via Rajdhani Express and were produced at Bidhannagar Court on Sunday. They were remanded to 10-day CID custody.
"The two were responsible for running a fake institution from where they would award fake medical certificates to different people in lieu of huge money. Both are originally residents of Gariahat Road in Kolkata. They have been arrested from New Delhi pursuing a case initiated at Bidhannagar South Police station a few months back," a senior CID official said.
As per CID sources, Suresh has been doing this business since 1987. They had opened an institute named Indian Council of Alternative Machine and has already sold more than 20 lakh certificates to people here as well as countries around the world. Suresh identified himself as a doctor while his son Chandan called himself a CA.
"We are assessing their certificates to know whether they are genuine," the CID official said.
The duo's name had cropped up in case of a complaint of fake doctor at Gariahat police station in June. Pursuing the findings, the CID got the names of the duo. However, it was found on the basis of their tower location that both of them were in Delhi. A team was formed which reached Delhi and apprehended them. Suresh claimed in court on Sunday that they are fighting for a cause for introducing alternative medicine in the state.
"We haven't issued doctors' certificates to anybody. The allegations are baseless. We have given certificates in alternative medicines.
Such certificates do not require the nod of the Medical Council of India," he said, adding that he would prove their innocence in the court during the trial.