An Indian man working as a teacher in the Maldives has been charged by the Indian authorities in connection with a certificate forgery case that is being investigated in the Indian state of Kerala.

The individual in question has been identified as Abin C Raj, a resident of Kerala. Presently, Raj is employed as an Economics teacher for Grade 9 students at Kalaafaanu School.

In response to this alarming revelation, the Education Ministry has initiated its own inquiry, affirming its commitment to taking appropriate action against him.

Indian news sources have reported that Raj also operates an education consultancy agency in India. According to Kerala police who are investigating the matter, they obtained Raj’s passport details and contacted him using the phone of one of his friends. Raj stands accused of producing a significant number of fraudulent certificates.

The recent case that has emerged involves Raj allegedly selling a counterfeit certificate for Rs200,000.00 to a man named Nikhil Thomas, who happened to be his colleague in the Student Federation of India (SFI). Together, they meticulously crafted a replica degree certificate from Kalinga University. The alleged fraud was exposed when someone reported the matter to Kerala police following a personal dispute with Nikhil.

Nikhil, in his statement to the police, affirmed that Raj was the person who sold him the fabricated certificate. Currently, the Maldives Police Service is actively collaborating with their Indian counterparts to expedite the ongoing investigation and ensure Raj’s extradition to India for further legal proceedings.